William Webb Ferguson's portrait unveiled in Capitol

LANSING (WJRT) - (02/28/18) - He has left an incredible legacy. Before he was Michigan's first elected black legislator, William Webb Ferguson set in motion the lawsuit that ended legal segregation based on race in the state of Michigan.

He received due celebration at an unveiling ceremony inside the Michigan State Capitol Wednesday.

Several lawmakers, including Governor Rick Snyder and representatives from the Legislative Black Caucus honored him through speeches, music and the unveiling of a portrait by Joshua Adam Risner.

Ferguson was also honored by his descendants, Lorna Thomas, M.D. and former Senator Samuel "Buzz" Thomas.

Ferguson's portrait is on the wall outside the former Michigan Supreme Court room on the third floor of the Capitol. That's where the Republican lawmaker won his case in the late 1800s.

Check out this link for more of his story.

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