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Davidson County 5th Circuit Court - Nashville, Tennessee

Portrait #1038
Subject/Title:
Looby, Judge Z. Alexander
Artist:Sebofield, E. (?)
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Davidson County 5th Circuit Court
Nashville, TN 37201
Frame Dimensions:29 x 23
Image Dimensions:24 x 18
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas - over photograph?
Date Documented:17 October 2007
Condition:Excellent

Description:Older African-American subject is standing in a three-quarter view with his body facing slightly right. He is wearing a brown suit, white shirt and pocket handkerchief and a red patterned tie. His right hand is partly visible hanging by his side, and his left hand is in his left pants pocket. He has gray hair, is wearing glasses, and is looking directly at the viewer.
History of Work:
Notes:Zephaniah Alexander Looby (April 8, 1899–March 24, 1972) was a lawyer active in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was born in Antigua, and moved to the United States in 1914.

In May, 1951, he was elected to the Nashville, Tennessee City Council, along with another lawyer, Robert Lillard, the first African Americans to be elected since 1911.

He helped found the Kent College of Law in Nashville, and he defended the students arrested in the Nashville sit-ins. As a result of his support of the students, his house was dynamited on April 19, 1960. Neither he nor his wife were harmed in the bombing.

In 1982, the Nashville Bar Association posthumously awarded him membership, which had been refused him in the 1950s.


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