Honoring a trailblazer: The life and legacy of Louise Slaughter

Honoring a trailblazer: The life and legacy of Louise Slaughter


By Spectrum News Staff

ROCHESTER,N.Y. — A moving ceremony filled with family, friends and dignitaries is underway in Rochester this morning to celebrate the life of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

For those who are not able to attend today’s service, Spectrum News is carrying the entire funeral live, For those who can’t watch on televion, we will also be streaming the event on our website and mobile app. The funeral service at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre began at 11 a.m.

Civil rights champion and congressman John Lewis from Georgia, former Secretary of State and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will be speaking.

The event is open to the public as seating allows, and people were lining up as early as 7 a.m. to be a part of the historic service.

“I’m just here to show my respects for Louise Slaughter, just a legendary woman who definitely is going to have a huge legacy and excited to experience and listen to some very powerful people who lead our nation, and did lead our nation,” said Cole Biavattene, a Spencerport High School senior.

“She’s a trailblazer,” said pastor Charlene Knight. “Had it not been for her, standing and being a woman of valor, myself and many other women would not be standing in the position that we are today.”

The 88-year-old congresswoman died last Friday after suffering an injury from a fall at her Washington D.C. residence.

With such prominent political figures and big crowds, there is a significant security presence for this event as well as a number of road closures. Click here to find out all the information regarding closures, parking, security and other need-to-know information regarding the funeral service.