Public Dedication of the Hugo Black Monument and Park Set for October 15 in Ashland

U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson of Montgomery and Yale Law School’s Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Reed Amar will keynote the dedication of the Hugo Black Monument and Park in Ashland, Alabama on October 15, 2022 in ceremonies beginning at 2:00 PM. at the Park. 

At 11:00 AM on the 15th, inside the Hugo Black Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse, a portrait of Justice Black by Semmie Knox, the first black artist to paint an official presidential portrait, will be officially unveiled with members of the Black family present.

On the preceding Friday, October 14, a symposium on Justice Black involving some of Alabama’s most accomplished dignitaries will be held at the Cumberland Law School on the campus of Samford University beginning at 2:00 PM. 

The public is cordially invited to these events.

Hosted by the Hugo Black Fund, a tax exempt charity, the dedication is an occasion for citizens to join together in recognizing Justice Black’s contributions to Alabama and the nation.

The Monument and Park are located on the site of the old Black homeplace where Justice Black grew up and came of age until he moved to Birmingham in 1906. They are within sight of the historic Clay County Courthouse, where atop its cupola Lady Justice holds her scales.