N.C. Courts Were Once The Domain Of White Males. No Longer

N.C. Courts Were Once The Domain Of White Males. No Longer

N.C. Courts Were Once The Domain Of White Males. No Longer

N.C. courts were once the domain of white males. No longer

The oversized portrait of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin looked down solemnly over the crowded courtroom at the Supreme Court of North Carolina. One can only imagine what Ruffin, a slaveholder, would have made over a celebration late last month honoring four former Justices of the Court and two sitting members. All were African-Americans and each was testimony to the changes the North Carolina judicial system has undergone.

For its first 164 years, the Court was the exclusive domain of white male Democrats. It was not until 1983, when Governor Jim Hunt appointed Henry Frye as the first African American to serve on …

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