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Mary Jane McAfee Atkins
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1836
Mercer County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1911
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA

Philanthropist. Daughter of John J. "Ginger" McAfee and Julia N. HACKLEY McAfee.
She was a former school teacher, whose husband left her $250,000 he had made in real estate when he died. Twenty-five years later when she died, it had grown to more than a million dollars. Of that amount, she left $350,000 to Kansas City for the establishment of an art museum. For 16 years the city pondered how to use it in accordance with her will. By 1927 her gift had more than doubled in value. Then William Rockhill Nelson died leaving his wealth for the purchase of works of art. His heirs earmarked their estates for a building to house them. Mary Atkins' bequest was combined with Nelson's money to create the Nelson Gallery of Art and Atkins Museum, aka Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. (bio by: Bill Walker) 
Family links: 
  John Jefferson McAfee (1800 - 1861)
  Julia N Hackley McAfee (1811 - 1846)
  James Burrus Atkins (1830 - 1886)*
  Mary Jane McAfee Atkins (1836 - 1911)
  Medora B. McAfee Cunningham (1848 - 1903)**
  Julia McAffee Smith (1850 - 1911)**
  Minnie McAfee Bunton (1851 - 1889)**
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Apr 26, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 21906
Mary Jane <i>McAfee</i> Atkins
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Mary Jane <i>McAfee</i> Atkins
Added by: Bill Walker
Mary Jane <i>McAfee</i> Atkins
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- Kate Duvall
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for a brief sketch of Mary's life: Elmwood Cemetery website, Family History Project Burial Information, Brief Life Sketches, Who's Who in Elmwood, A-B.
- rod lewis
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014
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