U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said in a statement, "She wielded power as the first African-American woman to chair a legislative committee as if she were born to do it. ... Chairwoman Harrison will be remembered for her pioneering work on behalf of public education, control of assault weapons and economic and social justice for women and minorities."
Del. Talmadge Branch said Tuesday that Mrs. Harrison's curled and frosted hair was her signature.
"Her Saturday hair appointment was a legend," he said. "She was like clockwork. Under no circumstances would she miss it."
He called her "a great leader in Annapolis" and a "sensitive woman whose eyes could tear up in a moment when comforting a friend or constituent."
Mr. Branch said she schooled him in the ways of Annapolis and advised him "to always keep your word."
A funeral will be held at noon Feb. 9 at the United House of Prayer for All People, 3401 Edgewood Road. Her body will lie in state Feb. 7 in Annapolis. On Feb. 8, Mrs. Harrison's body will lie at the East Baltimore United House of Prayer, 1515 Ashland Ave.
In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Philip Albert Harrison, also of Baltimore; a sister, Luevinia Cameron of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 2003.