[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 16, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING MARY YERGAN HUGHES
HON. DWIGHT EVANS
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
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
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
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