Southeast Texas is mourning the loss of a civil rights pioneer.
Maudry Plummer died Thursday night at her home in Beaumont after a short illness.
Plummer was a founder of the Beaumont Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She also helped in the desegregation of Beaumont city parks and the integration of the Beaumont school district and Lamar University.
Plummer also was a strong advocate encouraging the black community to vote and was an election judge in the Pear Orchard Community for 70 years.
Her close friends included prominent legislators like Jack Brooks and Al Price and the legendary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once slept at her home.
Plummer was 86.