Oklahoma's first black female to be elected to the House of Representatives was honored Thursday as her casket was displayed at the state Capitol. The closed, flag-draped casket of Hannah Diggs Atkins was guarded by members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as visitors streamed through the second floor rotunda at the Capitol. Atkins, 86, died June 17. Supreme Court justices, state officials, community leaders and friends and family visited the rotunda. Gov. Brad Henry ordered all state flags to half staff to mark Atkins' death. Atkins was elected to an Oklahoma City house district in 1968. Atkins also served as secretary of state, secretary of health and human resources and secretary of social services. She later went on to serve as a U.S. delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1980. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter. "We have come a long way,” said Anthony Douglas, president of the Oklahoma chapter of the NAACP. "She was a trailblazer.” Dianne McDaniel, a child welfare specialist at the Deborah Rothe Group Home brought a group of girls to the Capitol to honor a woman McDaniel said, always had time to touch the "common man.” "I want them to know about the pioneers who came ahead of them, who lived it and did it so they can live it and do it,” McDaniel said. "They are standing on her shoulders.” Attorney General Drew Edmondson paid his respects Thursday morning. Edmondson served with McDaniel in the Legislature in the 1970s. "When she spoke, people stopped and listened to what she had to say,” Edmondson said. "She spoke quietly, but with authority. This is a passing of an era.” Funeral services for Atkins will be today at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.