Mary J. McCurry Hackney
By Patrick Kavanagh
History of Women in Forest Lawn Lawn Cemetery
Section 33, Lot 11
Date of Death: 5/16/1990
(Religious & Social Activist)
Ms. Hackney was born on May 22, 1903, in Memphis, Tennessee; came to Buffalo in 1921 and joined Trinity Baptist Church; attending Buffalo Bible Institute, now Houghton College. Ms. Hackney also attended the University of Buffalo.
She received scores of awards, certificates and other forms of recognition in her more than six decades of service through religious activities.
Her work with the Women's Auxiliaries of the New York State and National Baptist Conventions and Department of Missions was especially exemplary.
She is the first and only African American woman to serve as President of Church women United of Buffalo and Erie County from 1976-1977. She served for more than a quarter of a century as Director of Christian Education; was also active in the NAACP and co-chairperson of the Negro College Fund.
She is the former board member of the Western New York National Conference of Christians and Jews; in 1952 she was cited as "Mother of the Year" by Mayor Mruk, and in 1962 Mayor Kowal presented her the city's "Good Neighbor Award."
See also Uncrowned Queens