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Former Sen. Georgia Davis to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda

From 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2016) — Former Kentucky Sen. Georgia Davis Powers will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort from 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a funeral service and interment in Louisville on Friday. Powers died on Saturday at 92.

Georgia Davis Powers
Georgia Davis Powers

Powers was the first African American to be elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1967, where she served as the Senator from the 33rd District with distinction for 21 years.

“Senator Powers will long be remembered for breaking down barriers to advance the cause of civil rights here in the commonwealth and across our nation,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “She boldly fought discrimination and dedicated her life to making her community and state better for all citizens.”

Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise Thursday through sundown Friday in honor of Powers.

Visitation will be held on Thursday at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street, Louisville, KY 40210, from 6-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen Church, followed by a motorcade on the Georgia Davis Powers Freeway. A service of committal will be held in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Emma L. Minnis Junior Academy, 1939 Magazine Street, Louisville, KY 40203, or the Louisville Branch NAACP, PO Box 161173, Louisville, KY 40256.