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Friends, family members and well-wishers greet Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins in the courtyard of the Franklin P. Backus Courthouse in a surprise retirement celebration June 26.

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‘It’s Been an Honor’: Trailblazing Judge Dawkins Retires After 26 Years

Nolan Dawkins grew up at a time when Alexandria segregated everything from water fountains to public schools. But he was determined to make a difference, becoming one of seven individuals to integrate George Washington High School in the 1960s, then distinguishing himself as an officer in Vietnam.

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