Ann Williams Interview

Ann Williams became an activist after her retirement as a school teacher in Buras, Louisiana. She was the founder and president of Protecting the Environment and Ecological Resources (PEER). She successfully led the fight to stop an oilfield waste treatment plant from locating in Myrtle Grove, Louisiana. She was featured on 60 Minutes in the 1980s in reference to being sued for a million dollars by the company she opposed. At the time the suit was filed Ann was in her seventies and was very unsettling about the possibility of losing her home of fifty years. On January 5, 1989, she received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication. Audio interview with Ann Williams for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.