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Former Hancock County Probate Judge Edith Jacqueline Ingram Grant in 1969. Former Hancock County Probate Judge Edith Jacqueline Ingram Grant in 1969. Grant became the first black probate judge in U. S. history and the first black female judge in the history of Georgia.

Heralded as a trailblazer, the nation’s first African American probate judge died quietly in her hometown of Sparta, Georgia, Friday, more than 51 years after her historic election, according to the state Council of Probate Judges.

Edith Jacqueline Ingram Grant, who served as Hancock County’s probate judge for 36 years, was also the state’s first black female judge, according to council Executive Director Kevin Holder. She was 78.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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