About the image: Belva Ann Lockwood moves the admission of Samuel Lowrey to the Supreme Court bar

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 John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building, New Orleans, Louisiana  (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress)

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building, New Orleans, Louisiana (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress)