Buffalo, NY – Former U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president, will be entombed in Forest Lawn Cemetery next to her husband, former state Assemblyman Arthur Hardwick. Mo< Chisholm died Jan. 1 in Florida at the age of 80. A private viewing will be held Tuesday, followed by entombment in the Birchwood Mausoleum at Forest Lawn, a family spokesman said Monday night.
Chisholm lived for several years in Amherst after marrying Hardwick, a Buffalo liquor store owner who became the first black member of the New York Assembly. He died in 1986.
At a weekend memorial service in Florida, where Chisholm most recently lived, mourners remembered the former nursery school teacher from Brooklyn as a courageous leader.
During seven terms in Congress, Chisholm was a champion of women, minorities and the poor. Four years after her election to the House of Representatives, she ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, winning 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race.