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:
"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.