AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2
Re: More Garveyite names!
In Response To: More Garveyite names! ()
I'm not sure whether you have done any research on Marcus Garvey. But, if you have, have you come across the name of Mary Elizabeth Gray? i was told by a distant cousin that she, my grandmother, had been a Garveyite. I have nothing that proves this. I do know, however, that my uncle had gone to Liberia to negotiate some land deal for the family. I'm not sure what happened, but my father told me that he lost money and was stranded in Liberia. The family sent enough money to get him back to America.
There was no talk about the incident by the family. My uncle may not have been astute enough to do business with the children and grandchildren of American slaveowners. Then again, my uncle may have been living the high-life that he lost the money. Almost a prodigal son story. My father seemed to think that it was a combination of not being astute and living too high off the hog.
Concernig my grandmother, my cousin said that she would go to the south trying to recruit people for Garvey. He even said that she was almost arrested in Mississippi. I can't prove this. I do know that she was intensely a back-to-Africa enthusiast. She would go house to house passing out pamphets encouraging people to get back to their African heritage. One reason that I do not know much about her is because my mother died when I was five. My father remarried so there was no contact with my mother's side of the family as there should have beem.
Anyway her name was Mary Elizabeth (Manns) Gray. She lived in Harlem where many people were pushing Back to Africa movements. I spoke to Robert Hill of UCLA who wrote extenively on Maecus Garvey whether her name came forth in his r3search. He said no.