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Ms. Kirk was such a driving force of civil rights in the Austin community, that the city honored her with the Willie Mae Kirk branch of the East Austin library in Oak Springs. The ceremony was held in February 2012 with the Buffalo Soldiers serving as Honor Guards along with a host of city officials in attendance.

Willie Mae Kirk, who was under care for a heart condition and surgery, passed away last week after suffering a stroke. She was 92 years old. Her husband, Lee Kirk, who was the first black postal office clerk in Austin, TX, passed away in 1982.

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