Mayor Michael Nutter on Tuesday signed City Council Bill No. 120343, officially renaming the Criminal Justice Center as the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice.
Justice Stout made history twice, becoming the first African-American woman to sit on the Municipal Court bench in the City of Philadelphia in 1959 and the first African-American woman to serve on any State Supreme Court in the nation in 1988.
"Justice Juanita Kidd Stout had an extraordinary life, and I can think of no better way to honor her memory than to affix her name to the building in our city that represents justice and the rule of law," Mayor Nutter said in a statement.
Justice Stout came to Philadelphia in 1950, where she served as Attorney William Hastie's administrative secretary. After passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and serving in the District Attorney's office, she was appointed to the Municipal Court in 1959.
In January, 1988, she made history when she was appointed to serve on the state's Supreme Court, making her the first African-American woman to serve on any State Supreme Court in the nation.
Stout retired a year later, but returned to serve in the Court of Common Pleas. She passed away in 1998.
State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Sunny and mild Monday with a chance of rain by Tuesday morning.
We are looking at a pleasant but cool stretch of weather ahead. Temperatures will be running roughly 5-7 degrees below normal giving us cool mornings (50's and 40's) and mild afternoons (low 70's) through the week. The next chance of rain is Tuesday morning.
Monday (75/54) Sun/Clouds
Tuesday (75/56) A.M. Showers