Local museum honors Winnebago County’s first African American Judge

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — An exhibit dedicated to Winnebago County’s first African American judge officially opened Sunday afternoon.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum dedicated the Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough exhibit with a ceremony. Area and state leaders shared their memories of working with Yarbrough. Many who spoke recalled his big heart and his cheerful spirit. Yarbrough is a native of the area. Judge Yarbrough is the supervising judge of the juvenile division of the 17th Judicial Court of Illinois.

“I know that they were saying my accomplishments. But actually, I’ve looked at their accomplishments over the years and built on those, I have role models that have certainly helped me, and I have taken on that…

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