Guided Tour: The Two Marys
This guided tour will tell the story of Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866) and her biographer, Mary Alice (Molly) McNeill (1897-1984). Two formidable Belfast women, who, while living in different times, had much in common. Both came from middle class Presbyterian families and as members of the Belfast Charitable Society devoted their time to alleviate poverty locally.
While the two Marys were each deeply engaged with the political and cultural movements of their times, their practical philanthropic work was informed by their progressive ideas about the care of children, the disadvantaged, and social justice.
Mary Ann and Molly’s stories will be told through their own letters, and by touring the building in which they worked for so many years. Participants will come away with an understanding of the lives and legacies of these two remarkable women, and the profound impact that Belfast Charitable Society has had on the lives of Belfast’s inhabitants for over 270 years.