Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol


Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

By Frederica Freyberg | Here & Now

July 3, 2020

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Phillips was the first black woman elected as Wisconsin's Secretary of State, first in the nation elected to statewide office, first black woman to graduate from the UW Law School, first Black person elected to Milwaukee's City Council and first black woman to be a Wisconsin judge. To learn more about Vel Phillips, watch "Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams," a 2015 documentary at


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