CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5028, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10721 E Jefferson Ave in Detroit, Michigan, as the “Mary Eleanora McCoy Post Office Building”, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on April 21, 2016, by Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by Unanimous Consent on May 17, 2016.
Mary Eleanora Delaney Brownlow McCoy was born on January 7, 1846, in an Underground Railroad station, her formal education was limited to attending classes first at mission schools taught in private homes in Indiana and later at the Freedman’s School in St. Louis, Missouri. In the 1890’s, Mary McCoy became a leader in founding and in serving as an official of African-American women’s clubs, earning her the title “Mother of Clubs.” In 1895, she established the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Aged Colored Women in Detroit. She was also the major financial supporter of the McCoy Home for Colored Children and a charter member of the Detroit chapter of the NAACP. She was chosen as flag bearer from Michigan in a women’s suffrage parade held as part of the inaugural ceremonies for President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. McCoy was also a prominent member in women’s rights advancement. This bill would honor McCoy’s life and service by naming a post office after her.
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For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.