Former Maryland Delegate Christine Jones died in the aftermath of a house fire, and leaves behind a legacy of breaking barriers for African-Americans and women in local politics. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins has more on what Jones meant to lawmakers across the state.
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Services for trailblazing former Maryland delegate Christine M. Jones will be held Friday at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast D.C.
Jones, 83, died Jan. 26, three days after being pulled from a fire in her Temple Hills home.
A viewing is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Final viewing will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday.
A Texas native, Jones broke barriers when she became the first African American to represent Prince George's County in the Maryland General Assembly, where she served from 1982 to 1994. By the end of her term, Jones had worked as the Assembly's assistant majority floor leader and became the first female chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
Before she served as a lawmaker, Jones taught for 30 years in the Prince George's County school system.
After her time in office, Jones and her husband were active in the community until he died.