A memorial ceremony for Ernest Finney Jr., retired South Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, was held at Morris College on Friday.
He died on Dec. 3 at the age of 86.
Finney Jr. was …
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Finney Jr. was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1985 and became the state's first black chief justice since the Reconstruction Era. He is also known as a civil rights advocate and most notably represented the Friendship Nine — a group of black men who staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill in 1961.
During the memorial, Finney Jr. was remembered by his colleagues as a judge who ran his courtroom with dignity and sometimes humor and by his family as a father who taught his children to work diligently and to be giving toward others.
A public home-going service for Finney Jr. was held at 10 a.m. at the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel at Claflin University in Orangeburg on Saturday.
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