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The long and continuing struggle to obtain and protect the right to vote for African-Americans has its New Jersey moments. These include the efforts of John S. Rock. Born in Elsinborough Township, Salem County, New Jersey in 1825, Rock had relocated to Boston in 1853. On Feb. 1, 1865, Rock was the first Black lawyer to be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. See generally Jackson, “John S. Rock: From South Jersey Roots to SCOTUS First,” 215 N.J.L.J. 479 (Feb. 24, 2014).

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