Judge Henry Frye a barrier-breaker in the pages of black history

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Not many places in the country have influenced black history as much as the Piedmont Triad has over the years.

This is in large part because it is the home of so many people that influenced that history.

As part of FOX8's continued celebration of Black History Month, we profile Judge Henry Frye.

He is a distinguished North Carolina A&T graduate and an Air Force Captain who served in Korea and Japan.

After his return to North Carolina, Frye became a lawyer and quickly became a barrier-breaker.

He was one of the first African-Americans to become an assistant U.S. Attorney, the first black North Carolina legislator elected in the 20th century, the first black State Supreme Court justice and eventually the first black Chief Justice.

He told FOX8 his experience with the courts as a young man was a big influence on his life's journey.

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