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Posted on: August 29, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Judge Sammie Chess topic of Library Program

The Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library is hosting a program about Judge Sammie Chess, Jr. The program will be Monday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Judge Joe L. Webster will present information from his new book, "The Making and Measure of a Judge • Biography of the Honorable Sammie Chess, Jr." Judge Chess grew up in High Point and graduated from William Penn High School. He was a civil rights attorney and North Carolina's first African American Superior Court judge

The book is a vivid historical journey of Chess's humble beginning on the dirt floor of a tenant dwelling, in the midst of the Great Depression, in rural South Carolina. Chess's journey continues through the Jim Crow era and the civil rights struggle as a civil rights attorney, and his rise to an outstanding Superior Court judge, Administrative Law judge, mentor and public servant.

The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Morgan Room at the High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main Street.

The High Point Public Library is devoted to nurturing the joy of reading, sharing the power of knowledge, strengthening the sense of community and enhancing economic vitality. For more information about the program, call 336-883-3637.

The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.

The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit


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