African-American North Carolina voting rights activist dies

LOUISBURG, N.C. (AP) — African-American North Carolina voting rights activist Rosanell Eaton has died at age 97.

Eaton’s daughter, Armenta Eaton, says her mother died Saturday at home in Louisburg, North Carolina.

Rosanell Eaton was a poll worker or precinct judge for decades who registered to vote as a young woman in rural Franklin County despite Jim Crow restrictions.

Her daughter says white men told her she had to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution before she could register to vote, which she did from memory.

In her 90s, Rosanell was a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit successfully challenging voting restrictions supported by North Carolina Republicans.

Eaton was honored at the White House by then-President Barack Obama in 2016.

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