Native civil rights chief passes away

POUGHKEEPSIE – Elouise Maxey died on June 15, just days before President Biden signed the law on June 19the, Juneteenth, a national holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

Ms. Maxey was president of the North Holland NAACP and an outspoken civil rights activist in the region.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison remembers her as a woman who “tirelessly and faithfully fought for racial justice and equality” throughout her life.

“She was never afraid to speak up in her position as a church leader, and I’ve always appreciated that,” he said. “I met her during my time in the town of Poughkeepsie PD and spoke on many occasions when the county legislature and she became mayor,” he said. “She was a very respectful and graceful person who did so much for all of us.”

Rolison said Ms. Maxey “never appeared to have rested”. He noted that she condemned the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, “but in response she called for peaceful, non-violent protests to avoid seeing others get injured during these demonstrations.

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