Leroy Hassell Laid to Rest in Richmond

He was the first African American to lie in state in the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy.

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Funeral services were held today for Leroy Hassell Sr., Virginia's first black chief justice, in Richmond. But before Hassell was laid to rest, hundreds of mourners were able to pay their respects at the Virginia State Capitol on Friday. Hassell is the first African American to lie in state in the Virginia capitol building, in what was once the capital of the Confederacy.

"I think he has a tremendous legacy,'' Virginia Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell said. "I think he left a lasting mark on the courts of Virginia. I will miss him a great deal. He was a good friend. He was a great advocate for justice, and he will be very hard to replace."

Read more about the service at the Washington Post.

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