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Athenians hold vigil for Ginsburg outside courthouse

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Vigil outside Athens courthouse. Photo by Emily Zeiler.

Several dozen people stood vigil for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Court Street during a somber Saturday evening.

The vigil grows as more people come and stand in front of the courthouse. Photo by Emily Zeiler.

Ginsburg, known for her work toward gender equality throughout both her career as a lawyer and as an associate justice in the U.S. Supreme Court, passed away at her home in Washington, D.C. on Friday. She was 87.

She was the second woman in U.S. history to serve on the court.

Community members sit in front of the Athens County Courthouse. Photo by Emily Zeiler.

Some attendees held candles, shining as daylight waned against the increasingly dark courthouse steps. Others held signs that called onlookers to action, to carry on the justice’s legacy. Another featured a quote from Ginsburg herself.

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made,” Ginsburg once said.

Attendees sit and converse with each other. Photo by Emily Zeiler.
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