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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 16, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E43]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO

[[Page E43]]


                      HONORING MARY YERGAN HUGHES


                           HON. DWIGHT EVANS

                            of pennsylvania

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mr. EVANS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an inspirational and dedicated woman from Northwest Philadelphia, Mary Yergan Hughes, a children's librarian and volunteer.

Mrs. Hughes was born in Alice, South Africa to missionary parents. Her father was an advocate for black civil rights in Africa. She later moved to Massachusetts and enrolled in Northfield Mount Hermon, a preparatory school, in which she served as the president of the student council and was one of a few African American students in her school. For college, she was part of the first group of African American women to attend Wellesley College. After her junior year, she contracted tuberculosis and had to leave school in order to recover. After three years of recovery, she finished her undergraduate degree at Columbia University.

She married Dr. Hughes and had two daughters. Mrs. Hughes went back to school and received her master's degree in library science from Drexel University which led her to become a children's librarian in Philadelphia's Northwest Regional Library. She loved reading to the neighborhood children during after-school story hours and inspired so many children to have a love for learning and reading.

Ever since Mrs. Hughes became an adult, she would volunteer. She was a Platinum Alumna member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Links, Inc., a service organization of distinguished women whose goal is to enrich and sustain the culture of African Americans and others of African ancestry. She was also a president during one of its National Assemblies. Some other organizations she was president of include: the Philadelphia chapter of the Circle-Lets, Inc., a social organization for black women, and Boule wives, the women's arm of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Mrs. Hughes was part of our Philadelphia community in many ways. She was a member of the Germantown Cricket Club where she loved to participate in tournaments. She loved to play tennis. She was also a half-century member and elder at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy.

Mrs. Hughes devoted her life to engaging and helping her community. The 2nd Congressional District of Pennsylvania extends gratitude to Mrs. Hughes for all that she has done for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ____________________

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