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The great English architect Christopher Wren is buried in his most famous church, St. Paul’s London. The inscription on his memorial stone concludes with the words, “Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you.” Anyone seeking the monument to Matthew J. Perry Jr. needs only to look around at the many dramatic changes wrought in our society as a result of the work of this civil rights pioneer and jurist....continue reading.
U.S. DISTRICT Judge Matthew J. Perry’s meticulous mastery and management of the law and relentless pursuit of justice helped peel back the layers of segregation that long had denied black citizens equal and unfettered access to institutions across South Carolina.... continue reading.
They came by the hundreds, judges in flowing black robes, earnest law clerks, powerful elected officials, veterans of picket lines and dime store sit-ins, all gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of the late U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr., a man who was “brave as a lion” during the turbulent civil rights era yet never abandoned his gracious demeanor....continue reading.
They traveled from each corner of this state, determined to hear the old stories and offer new thanks. They came to marvel at his memory, and they came to say goodbye....continue reading.
Tributes to Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr., from Thursday’s service: "I have lost one of my heroes." ....continue reading.
For many, Matthew Perry was a passing kindness, a gentle smile, a beautiful voice....continue reading.
Matthew Perry’s remarkable temperament — and unmatched legal skills — were essential to the relatively peaceful progress of civil rights in South Carolina during the turbulent 1960s and beyond.... continue reading.
U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry, a towering civil rights figure who used intellect, hard work and courage to end segregation in South Carolina and usher in a more just society, was found dead at his home on Sunday.... continue reading.
Camden sculptor Maria J. Kirby-Smith makes a living capturing in bronze the essence of notable men and women. When she began work on a sculpture of Matthew Perry, she says, she realized she had something special....continue reading.
Where did the soundtrack for the civil rights era come from? Why was Fort Jackson almost closed? A look at some of the prominent figures, results and little-known facts surrounding South Carolina’s “New Reconstruction” era...continue reading.
A look at how activism -- by civil rights advocates and the federal government -- changed South Carolina after the post-Civil War restoration of white’s-only power in the state....continue reading.
Veteran politicians, former colleagues and friends remember Matthew Perry and his legacy....continue reading.