Late Senator Georgia Davis Powers laid to rest - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Late Senator Georgia Davis Powers laid to rest

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a celebration of life for a Kentucky civil rights leader who helped women and minorities find a voice.

Georgia Davis Powers was laid to rest on Friday. Her funeral was held at St. Stephen Baptist Church in the California neighborhood. The church was packed with family, friends and dignitaries from across the state.

They were there to celebrate the life and legacy of Powers.

The service was full of songs and tributes that included praying of The Lord's Prayer by her niece and namesake, Georgia Montgomery Hampton.

"Had Georgia not come on the scene, blacks would not have access to public accommodations and voting rights," said Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church.

Former Miss Kentucky, Kia Hampton, delivered a song of praise and then Senator Davis Powers was eulogized by Rev. Dr. Regena Thomas. Dr. Thomas is the former Secretary of State of New Jersey and was mentored by Powers in Frankfort.

"Not only did she work along side giants of the civil rights movement, but she was a giant herself," Rev. Thomas said.

The church was full of Kentucky politicians -- all bipartisan in their love of the late senator.

"She was a real inspiration to me, she was a mentor to me later in life," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

"She was a giant, she was an icon, there's not question about that," said State Senator Gerald Neal.

"To say that she made a significant contribution is a gross understatement. She literally changed people's lives forever," said Rev. Clay Calloway, Found West Louisville Ministers Coalition.

The service ended with an unexpected but fitting song and tribute.

"Very appropriate, I was very surprised to hear that Georgia on my mind, that was beautiful," said Lawrence Montgomery, Davis Powers' brother.

"A beautiful song for a beautiful woman," said Mayor Fischer.

Rev. Calloway added, "It was almost like he wrote it specifically for Georgia Davis Powers."

Powers was laid to rest at Cave Hill Cemetery.

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