Funeral set for civil rights icon and chef Leah Chase

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FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2015, file photo, Leah Chase speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at her family’s restaurant, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, in New Orleans. The legendary New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase has died at 96, according to a statement her family released to news outlets. (AP […]

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A public viewing and funeral have been set for civil rights icon and chef Leah Chase. Times-Picayune reports that the viewing is planned for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Xavier University Convocation Center in New Orleans. It will be followed a celebration of Chase’s life at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Chase, who was 96, transformed Dooky Chase’s Restaurant from a sandwich shop to a fine-dining establishment known around the nation. During the civil rights movement, she fed people such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall.

Chase also broke the city’s segregation laws by seating both white and black customers and sent food to jailed activists.

A burial service will be held at noon Monday at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.

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