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The answer to last week’s black history question

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John S. Rock
John S. Rock

No one could tell me the name of the first African American lawyer to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, but he was John S. Rock, a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

In 1865 with the help Massachusetts Senator Charles Summer, Rock became the first African American to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Macon Bolling Allen of Maine is believed to the be the first African  American licensed to practice law in the United States. He passed the bar exam in 1844.

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American named an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Marshall began serving on the Supreme Court in 1967.
This week’s question is much easier.

What was first Southern state to abolish slavery?

1) West Virginia

2) South Carolina

3) Mississippi

 

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