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Concourse dedicated to local political and civil rights activist Connie Mitchell

May 17, 2019

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The Monroe County Office Building now has a concourse dedicated to a key figure in the local civil rights movement.

The public gathering area on the fourth floor outside the county legislature chambers now honors Constance Mitchell, who was the first African American woman elected to public office in Monroe County.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by Rochester City Council member LaShay Harris and Mitchell’s daughter, Constance Jefferson on Friday for the dedication.

Mitchell advocated for better living and working conditions for the African-American community, and with her husband John, co-founded Action for a Better Community.

Constance Mitchell, usually called “Connie” by most people who knew her, died last December at the age of 90.