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The First African-American Woman to Join the Coast Guard Dies at 103

Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and among the first black women in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died. She was 103.

Hooker was 6 years old when one of the worst race riots in U.S. history broke out and destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street.”

She hid under a table as a torch-carrying mob destroyed her family’s home, she told National Public Radio in an interview this year. She recalled hearing the mob use an axe to destroy her sister’s piano. For a child, she said, it was horrifying trying to keep quiet.

Read more at Military Times

 

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