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Rochester's Roots: Constance Mitchell

February 21, 2019 11:26 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Local civil rights icon Constance Mitchell dedicated her life to the pursuit of racial justice.

She made history as the first African-American woman to be elected to the Monroe County Board of Supervisors in 1961. Mitchell and her husband hosted Malcolm X at their Rochester home in 1965 during one of his visits here. 

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Over her career as a politician, she advocated for better living conditions for migrant farm workers in Sodus and was instrumental in helping the community heal after the Rochester Riots of 1964.

Mitchell died at the age of 90 in December of 2018.

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