Iconic civil rights activist Frankie Muse Freeman has died at the age of 101.

In 1946, she was the first woman to be appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

She also 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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Freeman's death was confirmed by her daughter Shelbe Patricia Bullock on Friday evening.

"She went peacefully with her family beside her," said Bullock, according to the Post-Dispatch. "We ask for privacy until Sunday so we can plan services. She was a marvelous, warm woman, and we want to send her off in a good way."

Mississippi Gov. Paul Johnson, right, reads a statement before the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights which opened a public hearing in Jackson, February 16, 1965. Listening from left are John A. Hannah, Commission Chairman; and Commission members Mrs. Frankie Muse Freeman and Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh. Next to Johnson is an unidentified commission assistant. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS106240 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
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