Dr. Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots and the first black woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died at age 103.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that Hooker died at her home in New York Wednesday. 

Hooker was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1915. She was only six years old when her father’s clothing store was burnt by the Klu Klux Klan in one of the country’s worst race riots that took place in a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street” in 1921. 

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Following the riots, Hooker’s family moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she would later graduate from high school in 1937.

Hooker would then reportedly go on to earn a Bachelors’ degree in education at Ohio State University and then teach third graders for several more years in Columbus.

She later enlisted in the Coast Guard after former President Franklin Roosevelt opened the female military corps to all minority groups by the mid-1940s, becoming the first African-American woman in history to join the military branch.

Coast Guard spokesman Barry Lane told the AP Hooker “was a national treasure, she was a very special lady.”