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Former educator and politician Harriet Elizabeth Byrd poses for a portrait at her home in 2010. Byrd graduated Cheyenne Central High School in 1944 and became the first black teacher in the state of Wyoming during the fifties. Byrd also served 8 years in the Wyoming House of Representatives and 4 years in the Senate becoming the first black person to serve in both houses. During her politcal career she sponsored legislation establishing a state holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1991 through the establishment of the Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day. Michael Smith/staff

Former educator and politician Harriet Elizabeth Byrd poses for a portrait at her home in 2010. Byrd graduated Cheyenne Central High School in 1944 and became the first black teacher in the state of Wyoming during the fifties. Byrd also served 8 years in the Wyoming House of Representatives and 4 years in the Senate becoming the first black person to serve in both houses. During her politcal career she sponsored legislation establishing a state holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1991 through the establishment of the Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day. Michael Smith/staff