Former longtime Pensacola City Council member and local civil rights advocate, Cecil Hunter, died last week at the age of 96. Hunter served on the Pensacola City Council from 1983 to 1995. He was one of three Black council members elected in 1983 after a federal court ruled the city’s at-large voting system discriminated against minority residents. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in education in 1962, and taught in Escambia County schools for more than 30 years. Hunter’s funeral was held Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and he was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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