Charlottesville's First Black Female School-board Member Dies

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

August 14, 2006

The Charlottesville community has lost a long-time activist and educator.

Grace Tinsley, the first black female school board member, for city schools died on Wednesday.

She served the school district during the 1970s as a board-member and school nurse before retiring to work on projects in the community.
Tinsley's family says, despite working hard in the community, she was always there for them.

"She said 'I could go out any day, but I'm prepared. I lived a good life. I accomplished a lot of things.' She was real pleased. And she wrote everything out. We know exactly what she wants. So our goal right now is just to make sure that we abide by her wishes," said Tinsley's daughter Suzette Holt.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, an organization supported by Tinsley.

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