WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The primary African-American lady to serve within the U.S. Coast Guard and one of many final survivors of a race riot in Oklahoma has been laid to relaxation with army honors.
A funeral was held Wednesday in White Plains, New York, for Olivia Hooker. She was 103 years previous when she died on Nov. 21.
The Coast Guard says Hooker enlisted within the Coast Guard Girls’s Reserve in 1945 and rose to the rank of yeoman second class earlier than her discharge in 1946.
Hooker additionally survived one of many worst race riots in U.S. historical past. She was 6 years previous in 1921 when the late-spring riot destroyed a lot of a Tulsa neighborhood that had been often known as “Black Wall Avenue.”
Hooker was a psychologist and a professor of psychology at Fordham College, the place she retired at age 87 in 2002.
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