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"Most members of the group were housed in a run-down, two-story, frame house in the largest and most impoverished black section of town. The parsonage house at 405 S. Harvin Street was located on an unpaved street behind the church that owned it. The houses around ours were even more run-down; most had tin roofs and unpainted wood siding. Screen doors and windows often were in need of repair. Barefoot children ran willy-nilly around the streets surrounding our house."
Former Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney, Jr.
"Mention needs to be made about Ernest Finney, who, among all of the members of the Steering Committee, appeared to me to take the most interest in our project. He often visited us in our house on South Harvin, offering us guidance and opportunities for social events in the black community. In 1966 Mr. Finney was a thirty-five year old attorney, and already an important voice in city affairs. He was ambitious, and perhaps saw that a successful AFSC voter education project would be of benefit, not only to himself but to the state at large. In 1994 Ernest Finney was appointed the first black Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court."