The fifth home-going anniversary activities for one of Liberia’s astute stateswoman and renewed educator, the late Madam Mary Brownell, affectionately known as Ma Mary, begin later this week.
Mother Brownell died in 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital, after a brief illness at age 88.
According her eldest daughter and veteran Liberian Musician and prolific song writer, Miatta Fahnbulleh, the events will commence on Saturday, March 12, 2022 which will be Ma Mary’s 93 birth anniversary.
A candlelight ceremony will be held at her residence on Ashmum Street in Monrovia at which time the Forum of Liberian Women will be installed into office and the Ma-Mary Place will be opened.
The activities will continue on Sunday, March 13, with a thanksgiving service at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road followed by the laying of wreath in Cintal, Margibi County where she was interred.
According to the itinerary, the activities will continue with a symposium at the AME Graduate School Hall on Comp Johnson Road on Monday, March 14 at 3-4 PM to be graced by high-profile personalities, guests and well- washers.
The late Mother Brownell served as a classroom teacher for decades and later became principal for the Boatswain Elementary School on Jamaica Road and the Bong Town Community School in Bong Mines, Bong County.
She also served as head of a women’s group, the Liberian Women Initiatives which fought for the rights of women during the Liberian Civil upheaval that brought peace to Liberia.
Ma Mary also served as one of the commissioners at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Liberia over the years.