The Relevance of the Life and Work of Mary Ann McCracken for Belfast today
Mary Ann McCracken is too often seen in the shadow of her sibling Henry Joy, who was executed for his role in the 1798 rebellion. She was 28 years old when he was hanged, but had a long full life, living to the age of 96. Mary Ann’s temperament and tenacity enabled her to make a real difference in the issues closest to her heart, which were varied and ranged from children’s education, to women’s employment and the anti-slavery movement. Mary Ann McCracken pressed for progress both within the walls of the Poor House designed by her uncle Robert, and outside in Belfast and beyond.
On the anniversary of her death in 1866 let us acknowledge one of the most remarkable women in Belfast history. Talk delivered by Aaron McIntyre, (Heritage and Marketing Belfast Charitable Society), and chaired by Paula Reynolds Chairperson of the Belfast Charitable Society.
In partnership with the Greater New Lodge Community Festival.