Highway to be dedicated to former judge Ruffin

A highway will be dedicated Monday to former Judge John H. Ruffin Jr., the first black superior court judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

The portion of State Road 25 beginning at State Road 88 to the Burke County line will be named in Ruffin’s honor. The dedication ceremony and sign unveiling will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Abundant Life Worship Center, 2070 Brown Road, Hephzibah.

A Waynesboro, Ga., native, Ruffin was a civil rights lawyer who became the first black member of the Augusta Bar Association. In 1986, he became the first black Augusta Superior Court judge and in 1994, he was named to the Court of Appeals of Georgia, where in 2005 he became the appeals court’s first black chief judge.

The courthouse at the new Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Building was also named after Ruffin.

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