My Contribution: I was a well-known public school teacher during my brief time in Harrisburg. I was an instructor in the summer programs 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
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: Malcom Braxton Roberts
Education: Central High School for Girls graduate.
Church Membership: Second Baptist Church.
Activism: President of Frances Willard Loyal Temperance Legion; Women’s Association; Music Social Literature Club; Chairperson of the Sponsers Committee; War Camp Community Service.
Connections: W.A. Carter.