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A. Odeleye _Judge John Scott Bust

Ayokunle Odeleye sculpts bust of Fredericksburg Circuit Judge John W. Scott Jr.

Judge John Scott Bust

Judge John Scott Bust

A bust of former Fredericksburg Circuit Court Judge John W. Scott Jr., the area’s first black judge and a civil rights pioneer, was unveiled Monday during the dedication of the city’s new courthouse.

Scott, a Fredericksburg native, was appointed a judge for the General District Court in Stafford County in 1989, becoming the first black judge in the region.

In 1996, he was appointed to the circuit court, sitting primarily in Fredericksburg. He died in April 2008 at the age of 59 following eye surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Fredericksburg Courthouse at 701 Princess Anne St. opened on Aug. 5. The 85,000-square-foot building cost $23.8 million. It houses the general district and circuit courts and has three stories, plus a basement where the Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Office is located.

Scott’s bust is located on the third floor along with the circuit courtrooms. It was crafted by Ayokunle Odeleye of Odeleye Sculpture Studios in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Scott graduated from James Monroe High School, then earned his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University followed by a law degree from the University of Virginia.

His first legal job was for the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP and then joined Hill, Tucker & Marsh, a law firm in Richmond known for civil rights work.  Scott served as president of the NAACP’s Fredericksburg branch from 1981 to 1989, when he took his first judgeship. Scott had been instrumental in plans to modernize the city’s court facilities.

When the new courthouse was completed in August, renovations began on the former General District Court building. It is being renovated to house the juvenile and domestic relations courts. Those courts currently operate in the Executive Plaza building on Caroline Street.