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Portrait Presentations in the Supreme Court of North Carolina
 

North Carolina is only one of a few states to have a growing collection of judicial portraits. Portraits of 44 former associate justices and 21 former chief justices hang on the walls of the Supreme Court.

Families normally donate the portrait to the Supreme Court after an unveiling ceremony in the courtroom. Remarks about the justice made at the ceremony are retained in the NC Reports, helping to retain a glimpse of the person behind the opinions. About one portrait is hung each year with the chief justices' portraits hung inside the courtroom, and the associate justices' hung in the hallways leading to the courtroom. The NC Supreme Court Historical Society is working to obtain four additional portraits to complete the collection.

Each portrait contains its own history. The portrait of Chief Justice John Louis Taylor, for example, (the only foreign-born chief justice), was reproduced in the mid-1800s from an eighteenth century locket. Also, well-known artist Everett Raymond Kinstler painted two portraits,Chief Justices R. Hunt Parker and John Wallace Winborne.

This site has portraits and remarks made from the past eight unveiling ceremonies.

 
 
 
   
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