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Melvin Morgan, Lee County's first and only black county commissioner and the first black social worker, talks about growing up in Fort Myers and about her experiences as a commissioner. Amanda Inscore/news-press.com

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Melvin Morgan is a dedicated voter.

She’s cast her ballot in every election, but the most recent primary in Fort Myers almost broke her record.

The 81-year-old Dunbar resident mailed it in.

“I didn’t want to go stand in line for no ballot to vote, and I’m a strong voter because I’ve been voting all my life because I believe in it,” Morgan said. “The next thing I know, the phone was ringing from the election’s office, ‘Ms. Morgan, you did not sign your ballot.’ I said ‘whatchu mean I didn’t sign it.’”

That’s how Morgan, a well-known black woman whose broken through many glass ceilings, made her way to the election’s office last September. The elections office, on Thompson Street, is in the building that bears her name.

That’s where she met Tommy Doyle, Lee County’s supervisor of elections, and that’s where the idea to have a portrait of Morgan, Lee County’s sole black county commissioner, in the building came from. The officials with offices in the building and community members, along with Lee County’s NAACP will unveil Morgan’s portrait Friday ahead of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

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