SC judge who wrote separate not equal honored

SC judge who wrote separate not equal honored


Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to visit Charleston to help dedicate a statue of the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging separate but equal decades after the policy was declared the law by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ceremony is set for Friday outside the courthouse where Judge Waties (way-TEES') Waring heard cases.

Waring's opinions in civil rights cases involving equal pay for black teachers, allowing blacks to vote in the state Democratic primary and school desegregation made him an outcast in his native Charleston during the days of segregation.

Also expected to attend the ceremony are William Traxler, the chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal and former governor and U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.

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