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Denise McNair, New Haven, CT

  Denise McNair # 2 Order of Novae was named in Honor and Memory of Carol Denise McNair.  She was born on November 17, 1951 the eldest child of Chris and Maxine McNair in Birmingham, AL.  Tragedy placed her name in history as one of the four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 at the tender age of 11.  The other three girls were Addie Mae Collins, Carol Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.  

Although her life was cut short, she will also be remembered as one who strived to help others.  She helped to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy by putting on plays, dance routines and poetry readings which became an annual event in her neighborhood.  She was also a member of The Brownies.  Denise McNair was an Elementary school friend of Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.  We can only imagine the heights Denise McNair would have risen to if she had only been given the chance.  

Because of Denise McNair’s strength of character and the example she set, our own Sis. Bertha Deas, Past Matron of Eureka Chapter # 2 Order of the Eastern Star and others petitioned her parents Chris & Maxine McNair for permission to assign her name to the New Haven Order of Novae.  In the spirit of the late Denise McNair, our Order will continue to strive to be God-fearing, respectable young ladies worthy of her name.  We will continue to grow in demonstration of respect to our elders, mentoring to those who follow behind us and reach out to the community in service.  We will continue the legacy with grace and honor to our, Angel Carole Denise McNair.  May her spirit continue to shine through us!