University Hosts Former N.C. Chief Justice Henry E. Frye ’59 for Constitution Day, Sept. 18

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The UNC-Chapel Hill community is invited to celebrate Constitution Day at UNC School of Law on Monday, Sept. 18 at noon in the rotunda. Former N.C. Chief Justice Henry E. Frye ’59 will speak.

Originally from Ellerbe, N.C., Frye became the first African American to complete three full years of study and earn a law degree with honors from UNC. Frye graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University. He was the first African American to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly in the 20th century, and later became the first African American to be appointed to the North Carolina Supreme Court and serve as the court’s chief justice. In 1967, Frye was one of the first African Americans admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association.

Carolina Law’s Office of Admissions invited members of the Henry Frye Pre-Law Society at N.C. A&T in Greensboro to attend the lecture, tour the law school and meet with students in the UNC Black Law Students Association.

Each year, UNC School of Law hosts the campus-wide Constitution Day celebration on Sept. 17 to commemorate the day on which the Constitution of the United States was signed. Constitution Day allows schools and colleges across the country to reflect on United States history, the deeper meanings within the Constitution and hopes it represents for the future. Since Constitution Day falls on a Sunday, the University will celebrate the federal observance on Monday, Sept. 18.

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Directions to UNC School of Law and parking information can be found at

Constitution Day with Chief Justice Henry E. Frye from UNC School of Law on Vimeo.

-September 11, 2017

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