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City comes together to honor former Ky. Senator Georgia Davis Powers

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Family, friends, politicians and dignitaries gathered at Metro Hall in downtown Louisville on Feb. 1, 2016, to honor the life of Georgia Davis Powers. Family, friends, politicians and dignitaries gathered at Metro Hall in downtown Louisville on Feb. 1, 2016, to honor the life of Georgia Davis Powers.
Powers was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1968 and served for 21 years. Powers was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1968 and served for 21 years.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Family, friends, politicians and dignitaries gathered at Metro Hall in downtown Louisville Monday morning to honor the life of Georgia Davis Powers.

Powers died Saturday at the age of 92; she was the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate.

On Monday, Mayor Fischer, Secretary of State Alison Grimes, and other state and city officials remembered the legacy Powers left behind. 

As a civil rights leader, she is best known for helping pass laws banning discrimination.

She was also part of the effort to ensure equal housing access in Louisville.

Her grandson, William Davis, says his grandmother was an amazing person within her political and personal life.

"She believed in everybody first, and wanted everybody to have that opportunity," said Powers' grandson, William Davis. "That's the political side, the grandmother side -- we did a lot of fun things together had a lot of great times."

Powers was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1968 and served for 21 years. But even after retiring, family and colleagues say she never slowed down and continued serving in the community.

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