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Afro-American legislators are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Rep. Henry Frye's election to the General Assembly; Frye was the first black North Carolina legislator in the 20th century.
In August 1999, Richmond County native Henry E. Frye was named the first African-American chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Frye was appointed an associate justice in 1983 by Governor James B. Hunt and was elected to eight-year terms in 1984 and 1992. He was also the first African-American elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives since Reconstruction.