On this day May 3 1845 Macon B. Allen passed the bar to become the first Black Lawyer in the United States although he was not considered a citizen.

He originally passed the bar the year before in Maine but was unable to find work as a Black Lawyer. After moving to Boston and walking 50 miles to the exam he passed the bar and officially began his career.

Still finding it difficult he sought to supplement his income by becoming the first Black judge in 1848. He served as a judge untill his death at 70 in 1894