LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville will honor former Kentucky Senator and civil rights activist Georgia Davis Powers, Monday.

Powers died Saturday around 3:40 a.m., according to Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville branch of the N.A.A.C.P.

The public is invited to gather at Metro Hall Monday at 9 a.m. for a ceremony at the corner of 5th and Jefferson. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Powers made history for being the first African-American, as well as the first woman, ever elected to the Kentucky Senate where she served for 21 years starting in 1968.

Mayor Greg Fischer said the city of Louisville will honor the life of Powers by lowering the flags Monday at Metro Hall and through the funeral.

"Our city, our state and our country mourn the passing of Senator Powers whose legacy and leadership helped build a greater Louisville and a stronger Commonwealth," Mayor Fischer said in a statement Saturday. "Her compassion and dedication to ensuring a level playing for all people and her willingness to always stand up for what was right inspired me and generations of people."

Powers grew up in west Louisville and was part of an effort to ensure equal access housing in Louisville.


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