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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 31, 2019

A bridge in northeast Oklahoma City will soon be dedicated to the memory of a late Oklahoma senator who was the first black student to attend Vanderbilt Law School, Oklahoma's News 4 reports. Yesterday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt held a ceremonial bill signing for the measure naming the Senator E. Melvin Porter Memorial Bridge. When he was 30-years-old, Porter graduated from law school and became the president of the Oklahoma City NAACP just one year later. At 32, Porter became the first African-American to be seated in the Oklahoma State Senate.