Visitations begin to honor former Sen. Thelma Harper

Posted at 8:44 AM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 22:25:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — This week, the life and legacy of Thelma Harper is being celebrated. The former state senator passed away nearly two weeks ago at the age of 80.

Community members will have the chance to celebrate and honor Sen. Harper on Monday. A Community Farewell Viewing is happening until 6 p.m. at Schrader Lane Church of Christ.

Harper was the first Black woman to take state office in Tennessee. She served in the role for 28 years.

She has impacted and mentored so many people through the years. Harper was known for her hats and known to be a natural leader. According to the people who knew her best, she was thoughtful and remained engaged with anyone who she spoke with.

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Former Sen. Thelma Harper collected more than 100 hats while in office.

Today’s Community Farewell Viewing is one of several events happening this week to honor Senator Harper. View the full list of events and services here.