Georgia's first African American Supreme Court judge visits Lucy Craft Laney Museum
Written by Nickelle Smith, Anchor / Reporter - email
Judge Benham speaks to a crowd at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -
Members of the audience hung on to every word as Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham spoke of his journey to becoming the first African American to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court. "I've been at this for a long time. I've been on the court now for thirty years, I served as chief justice for six years. I had parents who believe that this kind of success was impossible." But he proved them wrong, also being the first African American to serve on the state court of appeals.
Presenting his story was a part of efforts by the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History to teach people about the civil rights movement here in Augusta. "The Civil Rights Movement was about something we did collectively as a city, state, and nation. We all must share some of the blame for the problems and we all must share the pride as to the accomplishments." Problems and accomplishments staff at the museum want all residents to learn more about.
On Friday and Saturday, they're hosting a conference about preserving historic African American sites in Augusta. You can get more information on the Lucy Craft Laney Museum website.