She was a woman of faith, a civil rights pioneer and an advocate for social justice. This weekend, Sister Mary Antona Ebo passed away in St. Louis.
Sister Ebo’s legacy is marked by one of her most courageous moments. Just days after Bloody Sunday, in Selma Alabama in 1965. She joined a handful of local nuns who headed south to march.
“Her presence in Selma gave hundreds, even thousands the courage to believe in their cause, and to follow her footsteps,” said Fellow Franciscan Sister of Mary Sister Judy Bell. “And she truly continues to be that pioneer in civil rights and that which is so paramount and needed here in the St. Louis area.”
Sister Ebo was a founding member of the National Black Sisters Conference.
She worked in hospital administration for years in St. Louis and in Wisconsin.
She’s been honored by universities, featured in a Library of Congress exhibit and even gave the invocation at a dinner for a president.
She passed away Saturday at the age of 93.
For more information, you can read the obituary in “The Review”, The St. Louis Archdiocese’s publication.