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SC Congressional delegation introduces bills to rename Hollings Judicial Center

The facility is located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston. (Photo Source: Live 5) The facility is located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston. (Photo Source: Live 5)
The Hollings Judicial Center was dedicated in 1988. (Photo Source: Live 5) The Hollings Judicial Center was dedicated in 1988. (Photo Source: Live 5)
WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) -

US Rep. Jim Clyburn, and US Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham introduced bills Thursday to rename the Ernest Hollings Judicial Center in honor of Judge J. Waties Waring, who played an important role in the early developments in the American civil rights movement.

The request has the blessing of Hollings, who made the initial request for the change.

Waring was nominated to the bench by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as a federal judge in Charleston.

Clyburn called Waring "a great South Carolinian and American hero who paid a heavy price in his pursuit of racial justice" in a statement.

Clyburn's statement also highlights some of Waring's accomplishments on the bench:

In his 1944 Duvall v. School Board ruling, Judge Waring ordered the equalization of teacher pay in South Carolina. In the 1947 Elmore v. Rice decision, Judge Waring struck down South Carolina's white-only Democratic primary. Judge Waring's best known opinion, a dissent in Briggs v. Elliott arguing that ‘separate but equal' was unconstitutional, laid the groundwork for the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt his reasoning unanimously in the landmark Brown v. Board decision, which struck down racial segregation in all public schools in America.

“Although not widely celebrated during his lifetime, Judge Waring's contributions to the Civil Rights movement were incredibly important," Scott said. "History will not forget his efforts, and I am proud we are able to honor his memory in this way."

Graham called the request by Hollings a move that "speaks volumes about his character and leadership."

The facility is located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston.

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