Jean Murrell Capers Dead At The Age of 104

CLEVELAND (AP) - Former judge and City Councilwoman Jean Murrell Capers has passed away at the age of 104.

Her court-appointed guardian says she died around 11:00 Tuesday morning.

Capers was born in 1913 and was a practicing attorney before becoming the first African-American woman to serve on the Cleveland City Council when elected in 1949.

Capers was a city-wide tennis champ as well, with the courts at E. 105th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd named in her honor.

She stood as one of the first members of the Women's Advisory Council of the Women's Division at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, now the Department of Jobs and Family Services.

At the age of 62, she was appointed and served as a City Municipal Court Judge until retiring in 1986.

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