Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Deeply Mourns the
Passing of The Honorable Dr. Mary T. Christian
RICHMOND, VA— This week the Commonwealth of Virginia, our nation, and the world lost an unwavering
champion for justice, civil rights, and community empowerment in the passing of The Honorable Dr. Mary T. Christian.
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus deeply mourns the passing of Dr. Christian, one of its former members,
and expresses its deepest sympathies for her family and friends. Dr. Christian was not only a history maker
and a trailblazer for Black Virginians, but she was also an inspiration to many.
Dr. Christian had a long, productive career as a Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, where she
represented the 92nd district from 1986 to 2004. She was the first African American since reconstruction to
represent her district and the city of Hampton. In addition, prior to her time in the General Assembly, she
served as the first Black Woman on the Hampton School Board.
“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Dr. Mary T. Christian,” said Delegate Jeion Ward (D-
92nd, Hampton). “She poured her all into the community. Her service, her dedication, and support can never
accurately be measured. She was my predecessor, my Soror, and my friend. Dr. Mary T. Christian was the
epitome of a phenomenal woman.”
During her time in office, Dr. Christian tirelessly advocated for legislation on education, healthcare, and
representation for People of Color. She served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Education
Committee, and the Rules Committee.
“Dr. Christian was an exemplary role model, trusted adviser, and friend to all,” said Delegate Jay Jones (D-89th, Norfolk). “She embodied the work of the VLBC, and I know she may rest happier because she was able to see
such sweeping success last Tuesday at the ballot box.”
A long-time educator and teacher, Dr. Christian served as Dean of Hampton University’s School of Education.
She earned her PhD. from Michigan State University, her Masters degree in Speech and Drama from
Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Hampton University.
“She was the epitome of a renaissance woman: educator, legislator, leader,” said Senator Mamie Locke (D-2nd,
Hampton). “She was the first, a change agent, a voice of reason, one who made a difference in our community.
She will be missed.”
“Dr. Mary T. Christian deeply impacted my life and the lives of many others,” said Delegate Ward. “And I will
miss her so much.”