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Nashville civil rights attorney George Barrett dies

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George Barrett grew up in east Nashville and was a member of Vanderbilt's legendary law class of 1957 that produced some of the city's greatest legal achievers. George Barrett grew up in east Nashville and was a member of Vanderbilt's legendary law class of 1957 that produced some of the city's greatest legal achievers.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Attorney George Barrett, one of Nashville's true civil rights crusaders, died Tuesday at the age of 86.

Barrett had reportedly been hospitalized with pancreatitis when he died.

Barrett grew up in east Nashville and was a member of Vanderbilt's legendary law class of 1957 that produced some of the city's greatest legal achievers.

Barrett would make his name as a warrior for civil rights. He worked up until his death for workers, unions and minorities, as well as to make institutions open and fair.

When Barrett decided to represent a young Tennessee State University faculty member in 1968, the case would linger 30 years and lead to the desegregation of higher education in Tennessee.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean issued the following statement after learning of Barrett's passing:

"George Barrett was larger-than-life and always willing to take up an unpopular cause if he felt it was the right thing to do. He was a social justice champion and was certainly on the right side of history as an attorney advocate during the Civil Rights Movement. He was rightfully and affectionately known as Citizen Barrett. He was beloved by many friends and respected by his adversaries. Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to his entire family. He will be deeply missed."

Funeral services for Barrett will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation at 2015 West End Ave.

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