Mildred Barry Garvin

    • Mildred Barry Garvin was born on November 29, 1929, in Chicago.
    • She attended the University of Illinois and William Paterson University.
    • Garvin worked as Director of Special Projects and Internships in the Department of Public Administration at Rutgers University.
    • She was the first African American on the board of education of the East Orange School District, eventually serving as the board's president, and was the first African American to serve on the board of directors of the East Orange Public Library.
    • Garvin won the June 1977 Democratic Party primary for the Assembly from the 26th District together with Richard Codey for a seat in the New Jersey Senate.
    • After being elected to the Assembly, Garvin was appointed to serve on the Education Committee, building on her 12 years of service on the East Orange Board of Education.
    • In 1991, she was selected as President of the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood
    •  She served as coordinating legislator for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures.