- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - The federal building in Helena-West Helena is now formally named after the first Jewish federal judge.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/20jUZQb ) that Judge Jacob Trieber was remembered during a ceremony Friday as a man who rose above the prejudices of his time.

Trieber was appointed by President William McKinley and served from 1900-1927 and was known for his support of civil rights. He also served as Phillips County treasurer and on the Helena City Council.

Legislation to name the building after Trieber was introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford and in the Senate by Sen. John Boozman and was co-sponsored by each member of the Arkansas congressional delegation. The legislation was signed by President Barack Obama in October.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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