Late Dutchess County civil, human rights activist honored for her service
A Dutchess County woman who dedicated her life to civil and human rights was honored Wednesday.
Elouise Maxey, or Miss Elouise, died on June 15 at the age of 76.
"Her obituary could have probably been a book if I had written everything she had done and accomplished," says her daughter Terri Tyler.
Maxey was born and raised in Georgia, and joined the NAACP as a teen.
She was there when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech in Washington, D.C. and when hundreds marched from Selma to Montgomery to protest the suppression of the Black vote.
Maxey even opened a restaurant in the Bronx during the 80's before switching career paths to do social work for Dutchess County, winning social worker of the year during her years there.
Most remember her two decades as the president of the Northern Dutchess NAACP chapter before her passing.
In lieu of flowers, her family is asking people to join their local NAACP chapter or donate to that organization, to which she dedicated her life.