DID YOU KNOW...
Jury Service in the Commonwealth - an Ongoing Series
Presented by the Office of Jury Commissioner
JURORS OF COLOR:
MASSACHUSETTS WAS FIRST IN THE NATION
- The first people of color to sit on a jury in The United States were two barbers from Worcester. They served in 1860.
- Francis Clough was born in Worcester. William Jenkins had escaped slavery in Virginia and lived in Worcester.
- Slavery had been abolished in The Commonwealth in 1783.
- Judge George Lewis Ruffin of Boston was the first black judge in America (appointed 1883).