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Voices of Florida Women

Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry

politician
Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry

Miami native Gwen Cherry (1923–1979) earned her law degree at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College, and served as Dade County's first black female attorney. In 1970, she became the first black woman elected to the Florida legislature. She won re-election three times. Tragically, she died in a car accident in Tallahassee in 1979.