2013-12-27 / Obits

Queen Esther Brown

Vocalist and Dramatist

Queen Esther Brown, a vocalist and dramatist, died on December 10th at age 82.

A Rockaway resident for more than 50 years, Brown was a founding member of the African American Theater of Harlem and an enterprising trailblazer who created opportunity for advancement culturally and economically. She was a cherished pillar in the Harlem community where she served as an activist in a number of social and political organizations.

Brown is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jennie Wanza; brothers, Alfonso Brown, Raleigh Brown (Gloria), Mozell Brown and Edward Brown. She is survived by her sisters, Florence Hall-Gray and Merrigan “Mary” Parsley; brothers, Julius “Caesar” Brown, Hezekiah “Fred” Brown, Clarence “Bonnie” Brown and a host of loving cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. She shared very special and “sisterly” bonds with her cousins, Dorothy Cooper and Doreatha “Sista” Gaffney and a special kinship with Dr. Clem Marshall.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home in Inwood.

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