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Marcella Boyd Cox

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Funeral Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1954
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Funeral Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/24/1954
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Funeral home director and community volunteer Marcella Boyd Cox was born in Cleveland, Ohio; she grew up in the city’s Glenville community, known both for its concentration of African American businesses, churches, and other institutions, and as the site of some of the nation’s worst racial unrest in the 1960s. Cox attended the Cleveland Public Schools and, as a student in a program for gifted and talented students, helped to integrate Collinwood Junior High School in the face of widespread and sometimes violent resistance by the majority white community. Cox later graduated from Cleveland’s Lutheran East High School.

Cox completed her undergraduate coursework at Baldwin-Wallace College and Cleveland State University before turning her attention to her family’s business, E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc. Funeral Homes, which served Greater Cleveland’s African American community for nearly a century. After becoming a licensed funeral director in 1988, Cox went on to serve as the vice president and manager for the family’s three funeral homes.

Cox became a well known figure in the community of funeral home directors and throughout the city of Cleveland. As a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women Cox was actively involved in promoting activities that benefitted the African American community, such as educational programs on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Cox also belonged to the Cleveland Chapter of Girlfriends, Inc.; The National Council of Negro Women; Jack and Jill, Inc.; the National Funeral Directors Association; the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association; and the Advisory Board of the Love Center Interdenominational Church.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marcella Boyd Cox's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marcella Boyd Cox lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about her siblings and her childhood education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about the family business, E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc. Funeral Homes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marcella Boyd Cox describes her childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marcella Boyd Cox describes her experience integrating Collinwood Junior High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marcella Boyd Cox describes her memory of race relations in Cleveland, Ohio as a young girl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marcella Boyd Cox describes her experience with integration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about educational equality and diversity initiatives
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about the relationship between segregation and educational quality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about her daughter's education at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about her daughter's education at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marcella Boyd Cox recalls the Glenville Riots in Cleveland, Ohio in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about her participation in the black power movement during the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marcella Boyd Cox describes her involvement in the community including providing grief support
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about the history of her family's funeral home, E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc., pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about the history of her family's funeral home, E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc., pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about funeral homes as a segregated business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about the importance of funerals as social rituals, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about the importance of funerals as social rituals, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about funeral home directors' associations and conventions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about health precautions taken by embalmers and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about women in the funeral home industry and renaming her funeral home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marcella Boyd Cox talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marcella Boyd Cox reflects upon her life and the future of E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marcella Boyd Cox narrates her photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marcella Boyd Cox narrates her photographs, pt.2