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Clarence Thomas

Dennis Brack, born 1939
Clarence Thomas, born 1948
Chromogenic print on paper
Accurate: 25.5 x 18.9 cm (10 1/16 x 7 7/16")
Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14")
Frame: 46.4 × 36.2 × 3.8 cm (18 1/4 × 14 1/4 × 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Dennis Brack
Object number
Clarence Thomas: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Born Pin Point, Georgia
President George H. W. Bush appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991, making Thomas the second African American (after Thurgood Marshall) to serve on the Court. Raised by his grandparents in Savannah, Thomas briefly considered a religious vocation before attending Holy Cross and then Yale Law School. Influenced by conservative legal thinkers and writers, Thomas gravitated toward the Republican Party. After only a year on the federal bench, Thomas was elevated to the nation’s highest court. His confirmation hearings became a partisan flashpoint after a former employee, Anita Hill, accused him of sexual harassment. Thomas denied the complaint, and he was confirmed by a narrow margin. The issue remains a topic of contention in the political landscape.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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