Maggie Clay Beckett

c. 1892-1972

Founded the James H. Beckett funeral home with her husband.

President of the New Jersey State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs 1943-1947, as well as Vice President. She was the first advisor to the Junior Federation. She also was instrumental in presenting a pageant with the group at the 1939 Worlds Fair.

In 1945, she was a member of the Second Service Advisory Committee of the Women’s Army Corps and Executive Committee of the OPA in this capacity had tea at the Governor’s mansion with Mrs. Walter Edge, governor’s wife.

She was also president of the Colored Women’s Welfare Council.

Member of the Board of the YMCA, the Bella Becketta Club, the Phyllis Wheatley Society and Bethany Baptist Church’s Ladie’s Union and choirs. She is listed as having designed the dresses for a 1942 wedding.

Born in Georgia, but lived in Newark by 1920 (263 Bank), though spent some time in East Orange, was living in Newark at the time of her death at 118 West Market.


“Mrs. Maggie C. Beckett, founded funeral home” Star Ledger Jul 15, 1972

ClubwomanNew Jersey Herald News May 21, 1938

’43 Headlines, (and photo spread) New Jersey Herald News, Jan 1, 1944

Our Heritage” New Jersey State Federation of Womens Clubs, Newark Library

Mrs. James Beckett Guest of New Jersey’s First LadyNew Jersey Herald News Apr 28, 1945

Census records

“Women’s Welfare Group to Mark 33rd Anniversary” Belleville Times Jan 9, 1959