Portuguese American Journal

George Lima community hero died – People

National hero, civil rights activist, stated politician and community leader, the Honorable  George Silva  Lima  died March 15, at the age of 93.

He served as the State Representative for Portuguese-speaking District 83 in East Providence, Rhode Island, for two terms.

 He graduated from Brown University and attended North Carolina A & T College where he received his pilot’s license to become a Tuskegee airman and a military photographic officer in World War II. 

Lima  was also affiliated with many organizations including the Rhode Island chapter of the NAACP, where he served as President, the Cape Verdean Progressive Center, the Cape Verdean Sub-committee of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, the American Cape Verdean Cultural Exchange Commission of the State of Rhode Island and the Boa Vista Seven.

He was born on April 4, 1919, in Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of Cape Verdean immigrant parents, Anna Morais Silva, a native of Boa Vista, and Manuel Duarte Lima, born in Sao Nicolau.