Caroline educator Hannah Henry celebrates 106th birthday

Hannah Henry celebrates her 106th birthday in Philadelphia.

RIDGELY — Hannah Randall Henry, the mother of Trinity AME Church in Ridgely, celebrated her 106th birthday on April 8.

She was an elementary educator in Caroline County for 42 years, with 41 years in Ridgely schools.

The Ridgely town commissioners honored Henry with a proclamation on April 1 declaring “April 8, 2019, will forever be known as ‘Hannah Henry Day.’”

“She is worthy of having a day named in her honor as a small token of appreciation for her numerous acts of volunteerism and contributions to the community,” said the proclamation, signed by commissioners John Hurley, Anthony Casey and Leonard John Buckle.

The proclamation included a short biography of Henry. She earned a teaching certificate in 1932 from Bowie Normal School and received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education in 1952 from Morgan State College.

She began her teaching career in 1934 in a one-room schoolhouse in Ninetown, Md.

In the early 1940s, she was Ridgely Elementary School’s first black teacher. She retired in 1975 and now lives in Philadelphia with her niece.

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