Please note, with restrictions currently in place this event may be cancelled or postponed; or its venue may be temporarily closed to the public. Check with the event organiser or venue for most up-to-date information.


To mark 250 years since her birth, the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, established by Belfast Charitable Society, has come together with a number of strategic partners, to create a unique series of free events to celebrate the life, legacy and relevance of Mary Ann McCracken today.

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 the 10 June and run until 14 July 2021.

The full list of events are:

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

All virtual talks will take place via Zoom. The Zoom code will be sent to your registration email address on the morning of the event. To find out more or to register visit

All events are FREE, but if you wish to support the work of the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation, please use the donate function on the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation page.

For further information, email

Thu, 10 Jun 2021 7:00 - 8:30pm
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 1:00 - 2:00pm
Wed, 23 Jun 2021 8:00 - 9:00pm
Fri, 25 Jun 2021 1:00 - 2:00pm
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 1:00 - 2:00pm
Thu, 08 Jul 2021 7:00 - 8:30pm
Fri, 09 Jul 2021 1:00 - 2:00pm

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