Search

Search Amazon Here

News Links
Local
« Clemson/Duke Partner for Solar Panel Covered Parking | Main | County Citizens Advisory Group to Meet Wednesday »
Monday
Dec042017

S.C.'s First African-American Chief Justice Dies at 86

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Ernest Finney, South Carolina's first Africa-American chief justice, has died. He was 86.

South Carolina Deputy Supreme Court Clerk Brenda Shealy said Finney died Sunday afternoon. She did not have details on the death.

Finney spent a lifetime breaking racial barriers in South Carolina.

He was one of just a handful of black lawyers in the state when he graduated from the former South Carolina State College law school in 1954. Finney worked as a waiter and other jobs to make ends meet. The first time he attended a State Bar meeting was as a waiter at a Myrtle Beach hotel because the state lawyers' organization was still all white.

Finney was elected chief justice of South Carolina in 1994 and retired from the court in 2000. 

Associated Press Writer Mark Pratt contributed to this story.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>