First African-American Woman in the U.S. Coast Guard Dies at 103



Olivia Hooker, the first African-American woman in the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots, has died at the age of 103.

Olivia Hooker

Hooker was only 6 years old when the Tulsa Race Riots (also called “Black Wall Street”) occurred, almost completely destroying a Tulsa neighborhood. Hooker hid under a table while a mob destroyed her family’s home, she said in an interview with National Public Radio earlier this year.

Hooker joined the United States Coast Guard during World War II as a member of the Semper Paratus program (SPAR), where she conducted discharges for guardsmen coming home from the war and continuing their civilian lives, according to the Huffington Post.

Hooker received a master’s degree from Columbia…

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