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McCray’s BBQ Founder Reverend Herman C. McCray, Jr, Passes Away - 04-16-2013
April 16, 2013
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McCray’s BBQ Founder Reverend Herman C. McCray, Jr, Passes Away

Reverend Herman C. McCray, civil rights leader and founder of McCray’s BBQ, died today at West Palm Hospital. He was 72.

Rev. McCray was an assistant pastor at Greater Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Riviera Beach, former supervisor of Sanitation for the City of Riviera Beach, and the retired owner of a family barbecue restaurant, McCray’s BBQ, now run by his son, Derrick McCray. He was also a military veteran having served in the air force. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1959.

Herman McCray was an important local figure in the civil rights movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and had been a driving force in the effort to achieve equal rights for all. As president of the Youth Recreation Association he helped organize the Young Entrepreneurs, teaching business to students at Suncoast High School.

The bridge on Congress Avenue that connects Riviera Beach to West Palm Beach was dedicated to Herman McCray September 25, 2010 by the Palm Beach County Commissioners, led by Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, District 7. The sign on the bridge reads, "Herman C. McCray Jr. Bridge - A True Bridge Builder." The Congress Avenue bridge wasn't dedicated for McCray's tasty ribs, but for his tireless efforts to fight for civil rights.

Mr. McCray is survived by his wife, Lillian McCray a retired Palm Beach County School teacher; three sons, Derrick McCray, Sr., Demetrius McCray and Herman McCray, III; a sister Cynthia Morrow; best friend Dan Calloway and many other sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced soon.

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