About Martha Mason Hill
The Martha Mason Hill Memorial Foundation was established in 1998 in memory of the late Martha Mason Hill (1911-1985) by her daughters. Martha Hill's story is that of one of the many extraordinary African American women of her era who, in spite of their circumstances, successfully enabled their children rise to a better place in life. She was widely respected community member as others were also beneficiaries of her selflessness and good will. She was often heard singing one of her favorite songs, "This Little Light of Mine", the words of which accurately described her life.
She was a native of Chesterfield County, Virginia; the daughter of the late Beverly Archer Mason and Eva Haskins Mason; and one of seven siblings, namely Robert L., Edward, Hortense, Henrietta, Anetta and B. Vernon. She was married to the late Thomas E. Hill with whom she had seven daughters, namely Delores, Doris, Sarah, Charlotte, Hilda, Shirley and Alberta. A devoted Christian, she was a life-long member of Union Grove Baptist Church where she was a member of the Usher and Auxiliary Board, the Pulpit Hospitality Society, and the Deaconess Ministry. She was also a member of the Union Grove King David Lodge #233.
She practiced her faith, and was a very nurturing person whose kindness and consideration towards others knew no bounds. We will never know the full extent of her philanthropic work, for she was not prone to publicize or boast about her good deeds. We do know, however, that her loving and caring ways had a lasting impact on many people. She was admired and respected by those who knew her.
Among her many fine qualities was her strong belief in the value of education. She was honored at Virginia State University for ensuring that all seven of her daughters attended the University, where she worked for 40 years as a housekeeper. The two grandchildren she reared, Trudy and Judy Stephenson, are also alumni of VSU. Her family hopes to continue her legacy through the Foundation. The MMHMF Endowment Fund was created to continue the work of MMHMF indefinitely. By raising and investing a substantial sum of money, the interest income accrued can be used to provide scholarships and fund education programs in perpetuity.