ST. LOUIS - Civil rights pioneer Frankie Muse Freeman received the Right Arm of St. Louis Award Thursday night from the Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

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The RCGA hands out the award to people who have made outstanding contributions to the St. Louis region.

The 97-year-old became the first female director of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in 1964, and remained on the commission for the next 16 years.

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