- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Retired Massachusetts Chief Justice Roderick Ireland is being honored by his hometown of Springfield with a street named in his honor.

Ireland was the state’s first African-American chief justice, appointed in 2010 by Gov. Deval Patrick. He retired in July 2014.

The Republican newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1FuBNTl) Terence Street in the Old Hill neighborhood will be renamed Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland Way. He grew up on the street and his mother lived there until her death.

Groups including the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference petitioned the city for the street name change. A ceremony will be held June 30 followed by a reception at the Third Baptist Church, where his parents and grandparents were active members.

Ireland began his career as a legal services attorney and public defender before becoming a judge.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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