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Virginia , Mayor of Newport News

Jessie Menifield Rattley, American former mayor, educator. Recipient Certified of Merit Daughters of Isis, 2d annual Martin Luther King, Junior Memorial award Old Dominion University, Sojourner Truth award National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Certified of Appreciation National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Hampton Institute Presidential award for Outstanding Citizenship.


RATTLEY, Jessie Menifield was born on May 4, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America. Daughter of the late Alonzo Bedell Menifield and the late Altona Cochran Menifield.


Bachelor of Science in Business Edn.with honours, Hampton University, 1951. Postgraduate, Hampton Institute, 1962. Postgraduate, International Business Machines Corporation Data Processing School, 1960.

Postgraduate, LaSalle Extension University, 1955.


Teacher, Huntington High School, Newport News, Virginia, 1951-1952;owner, operator, Peninsula Business College, Newport News, 1952-1985;hospital administrator, Newport News General Hospital, from 1986;fellow Institute Politics John F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1990;senior lecturer political science, Hampton U. Elected mayor of Newport News, 1986-1990.




Member National League Cities, board directors, 1975, Second vice president, 1977, 1st vice president, 1978, president, 1979-1990, active various committees and task forces. Active on advisory boards and committees State Democratic Party. Member executive committee Virginia Black Elected Officials Organization, Virginia Municipal League, 1974, Second vice president, 1976, 1st vice president, 1977, president, 1979.

Chair state advisory committee United States Civil Rights Commission. Appointed trustee Virginia Veterinary Care Facility.


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Alonzo Menifield

Altona (Cochran) Menifield

Robert L. Rattley

Florence Rattley

Robin Rattley