Mary Ann McCracken 250

Marking 250 years since her birth, the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, established by Belfast Charitable Society, has organised a unique series of free events to celebrate the life, legacy and relevance of Mary Ann McCracken.

Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866) was an abolitionist, social reformer and activist who fought for the rights of women and championed the disadvantaged at both home and abroad.

The series of events to mark her 250th birthday will start on 10th June and run until 14th July 2021.


  • Thursday 10th June, 7pm – 8.30pm – Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866): A Life in Letters Online Talk by Cathryn McWilliams. Book here.
  • Friday 18th June, 1pm – 2pm – Paper & Politics: The Joy Family Online Talk. Book here.
  • Wednesday 23rd June, 8pm – 9pm – Framing Irish Complicity in Transatlantic Slavery by Brian Kelly. Book here.
  • Friday 25th June, 1pm – 2pm – HERstory: The Women of Clifton House Online Talk. Book here.
  • Friday 2nd July, 1pm – 2pm – Children and the Belfast Poor House Online Talk. Book here.
  • Thursday 8th July, 7pm – 8.30pm – Who and What Did Mary Ann McCracken Fight for? Panel Discussion. Book here.
  • Friday 9th July, 1pm – 2pm – The Writing of Mary Ann McCracken’s Story. Book here.

All virtual talks are FREE OF CHARGE and will take place via Zoom. To find out more or to register visit

It has recently been confirmed that a statue in honour of Mary Ann McCracken will be erected in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

Further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected].