Rochester's Roots: Constance Mitchell

Created: February 17, 2021 09:27 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring the people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.

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 during one of his visits.

Over her career as a politician, she was instrumental in helping the community heal after the Rochester riots of 1964. 

She died at the age of 90 in December 2018.

Learn more about Rochester's Roots here.

Copyright 2021 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company