Services announced for former senator and civil rights leader Georgia Powers

02/03/2016 02:53 PM

Funeral and memorial arrangements for Georgia Powers, a civil rights leader and the first African American and female member of the Kentucky state Senate have been set.

Powers will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Thursday, February 4 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm, with a memorial service scheduled at 2:00 pm.

The service on Thursday will be followed by a funeral service and interment in Louisville on Friday, February 5, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office.

“Senator Powers will long be remembered for breaking down barriers to advance the cause of civil rights here in the Commonwealth and across our nation,” said Governor Matt Bevin in a press release. “She boldly fought discrimination and dedicated her life to making her community and state better for all citizens.”

Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise Thursday, February 4 through sundown Friday, February 5, according to a news release.

Visitation services for Powers are scheduled for Thursday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at St. Stephen Church in Louisville. Powers’ funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday at the church, followed by a motorcade on the Georgia Davis Powers Freeway.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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