Daisy Myers was dubbed as the “Rosa Parks of the North” because she and her family refused to leave their home, which was in a white neighborhood in Levittown, Bucks County in August 1957. She was an educator and her husband, William, was an engineer. They wanted a bigger home for their family of three children, but their neighbors mobilized and tried to force them to leave through intimidation, harassment, vandalism and racist taunts being directed at them for weeks.
Myers, a former school principal in York, Pennsylvania died on Dec. 5. She was 86.
The Myers moved into Bucks County Home on the same day that the U.S. troops enforced the integration of Little Rock High School in Arkansas. The rioting, which ensued, was tolerated by local law enforcement. The harassment came to an end under the orders of then-Gov. George Leader who sent in state troopers and after a court injunction was issued.
The Myerses received national attention over their treatment. However, she never became bitter over what happened. The family remained in Levittown for five more years before moving to York. She wrote a book about the ordeal, “Sticks and Stones.”
Myers returned in 2003 to attend an exhibit, “Levittown: A Home of our Own” at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Dolyestown that showcased the development.
“I remember well the bad days and nights,” she said at the time. “But I also remember the good days, the good people and their good deeds.”
Services were held Dec. 10 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St.
The Philadelphia Daily News contributed to this report.