Miriam Witherspoon

 

 

Age: 48

 

Summary: president of the Birmingham City Council who became an advocate for the disabled after she was paralyzed in a car wreck while a law student in 1988, and who also became the first person in a wheelchair to win a council seat in Birmingham in 2005, in which the city had to retrofit the council dais so she could sit alongside other members.

 

 

Cause of Death: Illness

 

Born: July 16, 1960

 

Died: April 21, 2009

 

Location: Birmingham, Alabama