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.
Former Sen. Thelma Harper is flanked by her trademark hats and I don’t think she’d have it any other way.— Levi Ismail (@LeviAIsmail) May 3, 2021
This week we honor her life and legacy on @NC5 as she’s laid to rest.
Visitation begins today at Schrader Lane Church of Christ in Nashville. pic.twitter.com/QSj58eEDyN
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.
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.