Coast Guard pi­o­neer, race riot sur­vivor laid to rest

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The first African-Amer­i­can woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the last sur­vivors of a race riot in Ok­la­homa has been laid to rest with mil­i­tary hon­ors.

A fu­neral was held Wed­nes­day in White Plains, New York, for Olivia Hooker. She was 103 years old when she died on Nov. 21.

The Coast Guard says Hooker en­listed in the Coast Guard Women’s Re­serve in 1945 and rose to the rank of yeo­man sec­ond class be­fore her dis­charge in 1946.

Hooker also sur­vived one of the worst race ri­ots in U.S. his­tory. She was 6 years old in 1921 when the late-spring riot de­stroyed much of a Tulsa neigh­bor­hood that had been known as “Black Wall Street.”

Hooker was a psy­chol­o­gist and a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at Ford­ham Univer­sity, where she re­tired at age 87 in 2002.

PETTY OF­FI­CER 3RD CLASS STEVE STROHMAIER/ U.S. COAST GUARD VIA AP

In this Dec. 5 photo, U.S. Coast Guard mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in fu­neral ser­vices for Olivia Hooker in White Plains, N.Y. Hooker, the first AfricanAmer­i­can woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the last sur­vivors of a race riot in Ok­la­homa, has been laid to rest with mil­i­tary hon­ors. Hooker passed away on Nov. 21, 2018, at the age of 103.

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