Published: Mar 19, 2014 6:43 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A church memorial will be held for former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who was known as a progressive leader during a time of great social change.
    
Wednesday's memorial will be attended by Gov. Rick Scott, former Florida governors and other dignitaries.
    
Askew died Thursday at 85. He served as governor from 1971 through 1978, a time when the Vietnam War was ending and women and minorities were fighting for equality.
    
Askew integrated the Florida Highway Patrol, appointed the first black in 100 years to the Florida Cabinet and the first black Supreme Court justice. He also appointed the first woman to the Cabinet and supported the Equal Rights Amendment
    
He was also known for putting in place ethics and open government laws that endure today.

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