Demopolis native inducted into 2023 Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Published 4:40 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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Demopolis native Annye H. Braxton was inducted into the 2023 Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on Aug. 20. Braxton is the owner and founder of The Braxton Senior Adult Day Care in Demopolis.

Braxton was described as “an outstanding citizen throughout her life, particularly in her senior years.” In January of 1995, Braxton and her late husband founded Braxton Senior Care in Demopolis, a care facility developed to present adult seniors with a positive and nurturing environment. Braxton Senior Care prides itself on its friendly and professional team that provides dedicated care to those left in their responsibility.

Braxton was born in Linden in 1933 and was the first African-American to be hired at the County Extension Office at Auburn University where she worked as a secretary. She was also the first African-American to run for public office in Marengo County since the Reconstruction Era that followed the Civil War.

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She is a firm believer in equality and justice for the people. She has been invited to many national platforms such as the inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Braxton has been recognized numerous times, most recently by the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce where she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Marengo County Commission who presented her with a resolution commemorating her years of commitment to Marengo County and the great stride she made towards true equality.

Other 2023 Senior Citizens Hall of Fame inductees were: Frank Brown, Jr., Cullman; Harold Crouch, Chatom; Ruby Landis Denson, Vestavia Hills; Fred D. Gray, Sr., Tuskegee; Peggy Harris, Cullman; Dr. Charles L. Lett, Sr., Valley Grande; Vanessa McKinney, Clanton; Carolyn S. Middleton, Montgomery; and Nathan Williams, Jr., Montgomery. Joe Mack Ammons, Roanoke and Roland Harper, Grand Bay were posthumously inducted.

“This is the one major event in Alabama each year where individuals are formally honored and recognized for their selfless advocacy and dedication to serving older adults in their community,” said Jean Brown, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services. “We are proud to celebrate the achievements of the Alabamians selected for the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame awards.”

Those honored in the Hall of Fame ceremony were nominated by members of their community and chosen by the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The Hall of Fame was created by the Alabama Legislature in 1983 to honor and recognize Alabamians aged 60 and older for their outstanding contributions to the lives of older Americans.