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State building to be named after Vel Phillips

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A new state office building in Milwaukee will be named after a African American civil right leader Vel Phillips.

Governor Scott Walker made the announcement today. Phillips died in April at the age of 95.

She was the first African American judge in Wisconsin. She was also the first African American judge in Wisconsin.

She was also the first African American elected to a statewide office, serving as Secretary of State.

The location for the new building has not yet been selected.

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