My Contribution: I was a well-known public school teacher during my brief time in Harrisburg. I was an instructor in the summer pro- grams at the Twelfth Street Playground. I engaged in my community by attending church, instructing folk dance, and organizing concerts.

My Legacy: I was a respectable teacher in my community and the President of the Francis Willard Loyal Temperance Legion.

About Me: “The board…extended a vote of thanks for her efficient services as a teacher to Mary Braxton.” — The Evening News, March 2, 1918

“Efforts are being made by Miss Mary Braxton, playground instructor on the Twelfth street recreation grounds, to obtain a concert by the Perseverance Band for the benefit of the colored folk.” — Harrisburg Telegraph, July 31, 1915.

Full Name: Mary Catherine Braxton; Mary Braxton Roberts

Birth Date: 1890

Death Date: July 2, 1920

Place of Birth: Pennsylvania

Sex: Female

Race: “Mulatto” (1910 Federal Census)

Places of Residence: 422 Cranberry Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Connection to the Old Eighth Ward: Resident on Cranberry St. near Tanner’s Alley.

Family Members: Mother: Martha A. Braxton. Brothers: Joseph N. Braxton, James E. Braxton. Husband: Robert R. Roberts. Son: Malcolm Braxton Roberts

Education: Central High School for Girls graduate.

Occupations: Teacher.

Church Membership: Second Baptist Church.

Activism: President of Frances Willard Loyal Temperance Legion; Women’s Association; Music Social Literature Club; Chairperson of the Sponsors Committee; War Camp Community Service

Connections: W.A. Carter.