Noted: Phillips lived and worked a life of firsts. She was the first black woman to graduate from the university of Wisconsin law school. She was the first black woman on the milwaukee common council. Phillips was the state’s first black woman judge. In 1978, she was elected secretary of state, the first female, nonwhite person so elected. Her statue will be a legacy to not only her own work, but the product on gg work propelled by the racial justice movement. Phillips’ son was there on tuesday. He said his mother’s statue will help ensure her legacy.