Pioneer civil rights attorney Margaret Bush Wilson dead at age 90

As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Pioneer civil rights attorney Margaret Bush Wilson was praised for steadfast courage, zeal for justice and boundless energy during her funeral Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal Church. Mrs. Wilson died Aug. 11 at age 90. She was the second black woman to practice law in Missouri, a leader of the local NAACP and the organization’s national president from 1975 to 1983. She continued working in her law office at 4054 Lindell Boulevard until she became ill in June.

Among her achievements was working on Shelley vs. Kraemer, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1948 outlawing real estate covenants that barred blacks from buying properties. The case began over a house at 4600 Labadie Avenue, barely four blocks from All Saints’ church.

The church, founded in 1874, is the oldest black Episcopal church west of the Mississippi River.

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