Services set for pioneering black Ohio judge

CINCINNATI (AP) — Services have been set for pioneering southwest Ohio lawyer and judge William McClain.

McClain died last week at age 101. He was a black legal trailblazer, gaining membership in the Cincinnati Bar Association and becoming Cincinnati's city solicitor. He served as a municipal court judge, then as Hamilton County's first black common pleas judge.

Born in Sanford, N.C., McClain was the only black student in Wittenberg University's Class of 1934. The school dedicated the William A. McClain Center for Diversity in his honor. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.

There will be visitations Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Cincinnati. A funeral service is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by burial at Spring Grove Cemetery.

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