Mrs. Calloway once told a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “I wanted to be a Girl Scout in the worst way.” Her dreams were realized in the summer of 1932 when, at the age of 14, in the midst of the Great Depression, she helped establish Troop No. 34. Richmond, Virginia, at the time, became the first city in the South to offer a Girl Scouting program to African-American girls.
Mrs. Calloway was a trailblazer in her own right as she helped desegregate Richmond during the civil-rights movement. Her efforts for integration began during the summer of 1932 as a 14-year-old, in the midst of the Great Depression.