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First Black Woman Elected to South Carolina House, Juanita Goggins, Dies

First Black Woman Elected to South Carolina House, Juanita Goggins, Dies

Published March 9, 2010

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Juanita Goggins, the first black woman elected to the South Carolina Legislature, has died. She was 75.

Rep. John King of Christopher King Funeral Home in Chester said Monday that Goggins died Feb. 20 at her home in Columbia.

Rock Hill voters elected Goggins to the House in 1974. She served three terms before retiring in 1980.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports Goggins was also the first black woman from South Carolina elected to the Democratic National Committee and the first black woman to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The Pendleton native graduated from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She taught home economics in York schools.

She is survived by a son, Horace Goggins Jr.

The funeral will be Friday at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Rock Hill.

Written by Associated Press

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