Marita Carroll, an icon for desegregation in Annapolis, died recently, leaving behind a legacy of courage.
Carroll, a resident of Eastport, died at age 91 on Friday. She was among the Annapolis Five, who staged sit-ins at the segregated Terminal Restaurant on West Street. She and others were arrested for the action.
Carroll was also a schoolteacher, having shared 35 years of her life among students in Anne Arundel County.
Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins issued a statement following Carroll's death, saying she will be remembered for her tireless advocacy of equality, justice and civil rights.
"She was an exemplary educator and cared deeply for the youth in this community," Perkins said. "She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of making a difference on behalf of our community will live on for generations to come.”