The body of Joseph Hatchett, the first Black justice of the Florida Supreme Court, will lie in state in the court’s rotunda on Friday.
The court announced plans for the ceremony on Tuesday and said Chief Justice Charles Canady will preside.
Hatchett, appointed by Gov. Reubin Askew, died on Friday at 88.
He served until 1976, when former President Jimmy Carter placed him on the federal appellate bench.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. on Saturday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, with burial to follow on Monday in Dunedin.
“Born during the days of segregation, Hatchett grew up in Clearwater, and attended Pinellas High School. He took the Florida Bar Exam in 1959 at a time when black examinees could not stay in the hotel where the test was administered because of segregation regulations still in effect,” the court said in a press release.
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