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Unita Blackwell, who worked alongside Fannie Lou Hamer, dies

By BY ADAM GANUCHEAU - MISSISSIPPI TODAY,

Unita Blackwell, the sharecropper who later became the first black woman mayor in the state of Mississippi and advised six U.S. presidents, died Monday at age 86.

Her son Jeremiah Blackwell Jr. told Mississippi Today his mother died Monday morning at a hospital in Biloxi after a long battle with dementia.



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