First African-American queen of the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA) has died

Mobile County

Mobile, Ala. (WKRG-TV)–

Aline Jenkins Howard, crowned in 1940 the first African American Queen of the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA), has died at the age of 97.   She passed away at a local hospital this morning. She was Queen to King Elexis I, Alex Herman the first African American monarch of the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association. 

Here is a press release about her passing and funeral plans:

“Aline Jenkins Howard transitioned peacefully this morning at a local hospital.  Her family is so thankful to the many Mobile residents who over this journey surrounded her with gentle care and love. 

 Aline Jenkins Howard, EdD was a life long resident of Mobile and a fierce advocate for the education of children and young adults. To prepare to give her best to her students her academic career took her to Alabama State University, Columbia University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama and Fordham University. Mrs. Howard’s words of encouragement and wisdom will live in the hearts of her family, friends and students. 

She was Queen to King Elexis I, Alex Herman the first African American monarch of the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association. 

She served to educate Mobile area students as principal of Cottage Hill School and assistant principal at Blount High School prior to assuming the principalship at Council Elementary School.  Patrick Packer, her cousin said “Her joy came when some of her former students would visit her each week as well as inviting her to the alumni reunions.  She loved her students to the very end of her life’s journey.”

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Stone Street Baptist Church Educational Building Renovation Fund

Public Viewing: 

Christian Benevolence Funeral Home

Friday, February 1, 2019

1-5pm

Funeral Service:

Stone Street Baptist Church

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1:00 pm

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