by Bill Atkinson via https://www.progress-index.com/
Prior to becoming a force in Petersburg civil rights and politics, Florence Farley was also the state’s first licensed Black psychologist in Virginia
In 2022. Treska Wilson-Smith lost two mothers — her biological mother passed away last March, and her “mentor” mother died Sunday morning.
“It becomes a lot to take in,” Wilson-Smith said Sunday night.
Her mentor was Dr. Florence Saunders Farley, who died Sunday at the age of 95 following an undisclosed illness. Like Wilson-Smith, Farley represented Petersburg’s Ward 1 for many years on City Council. Farley also was the city’s first Black woman mayor, and she presided over council in the 1980s when the loss of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company and the retail base signaled the start of a decades-long fiscal crisis for Petersburg.
“I have known her since I was around 11…