Columbus Times owner, the first African American model in U.S., dies

(WXTX) - Family and friends of one of the first African American models in the United States are remembering her legacy.

Ophelia Devore-Mitchell died Friday, Feb. 28 in New York City. The 92-year-old model was well-known in the Fountain City as the owner of the Columbus Times newspaper.

We'll hear from Devore-Mitchell's family on her groundbreaking career coming up on the news at 6.

Devore-Mitchell's daughter Carol Gertjegerdes sat down with us to talk about the model's many accomplishments.

"Some of the TV personalities in New York started with her like Lucille Rich and Sue Simmons," she said. "She worked with actresses like Cicely Tyson and Denise Nicholas and actors like Richard Roundtree. So, if people know some of those names they know who Ophelia Devore is and her legacy will live on because we are going to keep historical information and also artifacts here at The Columbus Times Newspaper."

Devore-Mitchell was also a civil rights activist who received personal accolades from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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