Obits from the Cleveland Necrology File, Cleveland Public Library. This is a rare Black-American obit with a Carter County Connection. Id#: 0693924 Name: Robins, Virginia Date: 6-8-1967 Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #149. Notes: Thanks to the pioneering spirit and determination of Mrs. H. Franklin Bray, at least two Negro organizations are firmly established as part of the Cleveland community. She was the first president of the Negro Federated Clubs here, which she helped organize 40 years ago. She also was the first paid worker of the then infant institution, the Phyllis Wheatley Assn., in 1913, and directed its first fund drive. After a long absence from Cleveland, she returned in 1944 and from 1948 to 1951 served as a trustee of the Phyllis Wheatley Assn. The former Virginia Robins, Mrs. Bray died Friday in Chicago where she had lived for the past 10 years. She was 90. She will be buried tomorrow at Idlewild, Mich., where she and her late husband, the Rev. H. Franklin Bray had made their home during the late 1920's and 30's. Mrs. Bray was born in Carter County, KY. She is survived by one brother, Harry Robinson, of Cleveland.
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