Ashford, Mary Victoria Brown(born: 1897 - died: 1997)
Mary V. Brown Ashford, born in Henderson, KY, was a poet, teacher, and advocate for equality. She was the daughter of Edward Clay (or Clark) Brown and Gerogianna Brown Brown. The Browns had a large family, and their son Hugh V. Brown was a school principal in North Carolina. Their daughters, Mary and Annette were schoolteachers in Henderson, according to the 1920 U.S. Census. Annette continued as a school teacher in Henderson [source: 1940 U.S. Census]. Mary moved to Goldsboro, NC, where she was living when she married 37-year-old Irvin Marvin Ashford on February 11, 1944 [source: North Carolina Marriage Index in Ancestry]. Mary Ashford, who had attended college, would continue teaching in the New Haven School System in Connecticut. She was also a leader in the community. The Mary B. Ashford Senior Citizens Daycare Center in New Haven, CT, was named in recognition of Ashford's more than 40 years of community service and volunteerism. Ashford also compiled a scrapbook containing the history of her family; the book was donated to a Kentucky archive. The Mary B. Ashford Outreach Support Project was established at the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church. For more see S. A. Zavadsky, "Community remembers Mary B. Ashford," New Haven Register, 05/14/1997, Local News section, p. a3.