Iconic civil rights activist Frankie Muse Freeman was laid to rest Saturday morning at the Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a long-time member.
She passed away on Friday, Jan. 12 at the age of 101. Attorney Freeman is survived by her daughter and four grandchildren.
More than 650 people visited the Missouri History Museum on Friday, Jan. 19 to pay their respects.
Some of Freeman's most notable accomplishments
Freeman served as the lead counsel and won the landmark case against the St. Louis Housing Authority, which put an end to legal racial discrimination in public housing.
In 1946, she was the first woman to be appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
In Nov. 2017, a bronze statue of Freeman was placed at the Kiener Plaza.
How she will be remembered
DeBorah Ahmed of Better Family Life said even though she's gone, her presence will still live on.
"For me, her presence is still very much here and her presence will always be here," Ahmed said. "She was a force to be reckoned with."
State representative Bruce Franks said, “We will keep her legacy alive and I’m pretty sure everybody else that has come in contact that loves her that understands the fight will as well.”
And Dietra Wise Baker who knew Freeman said she was a woman who could get things done.
"She got things done, she did the work day to day week to week," she said.