Heralded as a trailblazer, the nation’s first African American probate judge died quietly in her hometown of Sparta, Georgia, Friday, more than 51 years after her historic election, according to the state Council of Probate Judges.

Edith Jacqueline Ingram Grant, who served as Hancock County’s probate judge for 36 years, was also the state’s first black female judge, according to council Executive Director Kevin Holder. She was 78.

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