Eloise Pina, a well known community leader in New Bedford, has passed away at the age of 85. 

Her work in New Bedford dates back to  the 60's and 70's when there was much racial unrest in the city. 

Pina's daughter, Marci Pina-Christian tells WBSM News, her mother would often join with other members of the clergy on the streets of New Bedford, counseling young black men.

Eloise Pina passed away Thursday at St. Lukes Hospital.  She was an national leader in the Martha Briggs Association, an organization promoting educational opportuntiies for minorities. 

She also served on many city boards, including Church Women United, Child and Family Services and St. Lukes Hospital.