Justice Ernest A. Finney, Jr., South Carolina's first Africa-American chief justice, has died Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was 86. Finney was one of just a handful of black lawyers in the state when he graduated from the South Carolina State College School of Law in 1954. Finney was elected chief justice of South Carolina in 1994 and retired from the court in 2000.
This podcast is the February 3, 2006, episode of Walter Edgar's Journal, in which Finney talks about the changes in civil rights in South Carolina over his lifetime, many of which he helped to bring about.