Jeanne Hopkins Lucas

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Jeanne Hopkins Lucas (born December 25, 1935, - March 9, 2007)[1] was the first African-American woman elected to serve in North Carolina's state Senate, represented the state's twentieth Senatorial district, including constituents in Durham County. She was appointed to complete the term of former Senator Ralph Hunt, Sr also of Durham.

Known as the 'Queen' of the Senate, Lucas was a proud native of Durham, North Carolina and an alumna of Hillside High School, attending the historically black school from 1951 until 1953 and teaching French and Spanish there from 1957 until 1975. She was also a proud and contributing alum of the first publicly funded historically Black college in the nation, North Carolina Central University and was inducted into the university's Golden Eagle Society in 2003. In 2003, she was diagnosed with a breast cancer tumor and underwent vigorous treatment to remove it.[2]

Lucas, a tireless fighter for education, served in the state Senate and served as Co-Chairman of the Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education committee. Lucas died on the night of March 9, 2007 at the age of 71.

Lucas was active throughout her 71 years on earth. She was a proud member of the Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, served with distinction at her home church of Mount Gilead Baptist Church and was active in the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Links, the National Council of Negro Women, her Bridge club and a plethora of other civic groups. The son of late civil rights leader Floyd McKissick, Floyd McKissick, Jr, was appointed to fill the remainder of her term in the North Carolina Senate.[3]


  1. ^ "Sen. Jeanne Hopkins Lucas". March 11, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Annual Women's Health Section" 61 (12). Ebony. October 2006. p. 156. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ | State Sen. Jeanne Lucas dies[dead link]

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