With the passing of Sister Antona Ebo in November, the civil rights movement lost a fearless, faithful leader. Her obituary in the St. Louis Review reads, “Sister Anotona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the March 10, 1965, march in Selma, Ala., became a rallying cry for many in the Civil Rights movement, died Nov. 11 at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 93 and was a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 71 years.”
Sister Ebo faced many challenges in her life because of her race, but never gave up her mission to defend human rights and combat racism. In a statement released shortly after her death, Archbishop Carlson said, “We will miss her living example of working for justice in the context of our Catholic faith. I ask that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Sister Ebo. Her family, friends, and her religious community will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”
Funeral services were held on the 21st of November. To read her full obituary, click here.