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Juanita Kidd Stout was name by the Governor to serve as a Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge on this date in 1959.Later that year Stout won the election judge in the United States.


Juanita Kidd Stout aspired to be a lawyer when few African Americans and few women were in the profession. When Stout was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she became the first African American woman to be elected to the bench. Almost 30 years later, Judge Stout became the first African American woman to serve on a state supreme court, when she was sworn in as an associate justice in Pennsylvania.

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