CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor Joe Riley says flags on City of Charleston owned buildings and properties will be flown at half mast on Thursday in respect for Judge Matthew Perry.
Funeral services for Judge Perry will be held at Brookland Baptist church at 11 a.m. Thursday with burial to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbia. Perry died Sunday at his home in Columbia just a few days shy of his 90th birthday. He was a quiet warrior in the battle against segregation and discrimination.
Among his biggest legal victories, the 1972 case that established single member districts in the South Carolina house.
Mayor Joe Riley released the following statement:
"Matthew Perry was a man of historic proportions in the history of South Carolina and our country. He was a gentle man, soft spoken, kind and caring, gracious, polite, with an easy smile readily available, a warm heart and an extended hand in friendship."
"He was also a towering force for civil rights, racial justice and human progress. His gentle nature belied a will of steel. His mind was razor sharp; his creative capacity was enormous, which enabled him to successfully defend hundreds of people unfairly charged with civil rights violations and gain admission into Clemson for another one of our country's great leaders, Harvey Gantt."
"I was proud to call Judge Perry a friend. In honor of and in respect for Judge Perry, flags on City of Charleston owned buildings and properties will be flown at half-mast on Thursday, the day of his funeral."