James Robinson Johnston

James Robinson Johnston

The Life, Death, and Legacy of Nova Scotia's First Black Lawyer

Book - 2005
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James Robinson Johnston, known as "Lawyer Johnston" to many, is an important figure in Nova Scotian history: not only was he the first Black graduate of Dalhousie University, he was the first Black graduate of Dalhousie Law School as well. This biography deals with Johnston's personal and professional life, his role as a brilliant lawyer, community man and husband. It also deals with the sensitive issue of his death at the hands of his brother-in-law, Harry Allen, which caused a scandal when it occurred in March 1915. Author and descendant Justin Johnston looks at the associated impact the death and the killer's trial had on Nova Scotia's Black community, both past and present.

At the pinnacle of his career, Johnston was one of the best lawyers the province had ever seen. Unfortunately the circumstances of Johnston's death have overshadowed the significance of his life, causing this great man to be largely forgotten. This story reclaims Johnston, while examining the historical factors and racial climates that influenced this extraordinary man's life.

Justin Johnston weaves family lore with history, and includes rare photographs of "the lawyer," his family and friends, as well as personal correspondence and private papers from the family vaults.
Publisher: Halifax, N.S. : Nimbus Pub., [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781551095097
Branch Call Number: 340.092 Johns-J
Characteristics: xvii, 85 pages : illustrations, portraits, plan, genealogical table ; 22 cm


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