Bay City News Service

RICHMOND — Contra Costa County Supervisors on Tuesday named the Richmond courthouse after retired municipal judge George D. Carroll, who was the first black judge in the county.

Carroll, 86, also was the first black person to practice law in Richmond. In 1961, he became the first black to be elected to the Richmond City Council, and in 1964 became the first black mayor of a large American city, according to Supervisor John Gioia.

"He was a trailblazer for people of color in our county," Gioia said.

"Judge Carroll, without a doubt, is the best role model we could have," said Courtland "Corky" Booze, a longtime Richmond resident and community activist.

"I just got chill bumps here today thinking of your history and the role that you've played in our community as a leader," Supervisor Federal Glover told Carroll.

Glover, the first black supervisor in the county, said he was pleased to be able to name the courthouse after someone he felt represented hope in the community.

Carroll was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1923, served in the U.S. military during World War II and went to law school on the GI Bill.

He moved to Contra Costa County in 1954, where he spent his career advocating for legal and political representation for minorities in the county, according to Gioia.

The George D. Carroll Courthouse is located at 100 37th St., Richmond.