On this day in Alabama history: Hugo Black confirmed to high court

On this day in Alabama history: Hugo Black confirmed to high court
Hugo Black and wife surrounded by his Senate colleagues following his confirmation by the Senate. In the photograph, left to right: Sens. Fred H. Brown, New Hampshire; M.M. Neely, West Virginia; Carl A. Hatch, New Mexico; Justice Black, Sens. Henry A. Ashurst, Arizona; Sherman Minton, Indiana; Mrs Black; Sens. George McGill, Kansas; and William Dieterich, Illinois, Aug. 17, 1937. (Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

August 17, 1937

Hugo Black of Harlan, Alabama, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s nominee for the Supreme Court, was confirmed as a justice by the U.S. Senate on this day. During his more than three decades on the court, Black wrote dozens of opinions, many of them dissents that eventually became law. His judicial views about how the Bill of Rights should be applied and the separation of church and state were by and large adopted by the high court. Black joined in the unanimous 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision that outlawed racial segregation in public schools. When Black died at the age of 85 he was buried next to his first wife at Arlington Cemetery; a marble bench between their grave markers states, “Here lies a good man.”     

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