- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on a memorial service in the Kentucky Capitol for Georgia Davis Powers, a civil-rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate. (all times local):

4:30 p.m.:

Kentucky’s top political leaders have joined in paying tribute to Georgia Davis Powers in the state Capitol, where she served as a senator in a groundbreaking political career for more than two decades.

Powers, a civil-rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, died last Saturday at the age of 92.

The memorial service Thursday included music, prayers and tributes from current officeholders who counted Powers as a valued mentor.

State Sen. Gerald Neal called her a “true iconic figure” in the fight for justice and equality.

Among those attending the service were Gov. Matt Bevin, other statewide constitutional officers and members of the legislature.

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4 a.m.

The tributes are continuing for Georgia Davis Powers, a civil-rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the Kentucky Senate. Powers will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday afternoon.

Powers died last Saturday at the age of 92.

Powers will lie in state at the Capitol from 1:30 to 4 p.m. EST. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m.

Powers was elected to the state Senate in 1967. She took office in 1968 and served for 21 years.

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

Bevin says Powers will be remembered for breaking down barriers to advance the cause of civil rights.


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