RALEIGH, N.C. — The six living black justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court have been honored with a special ceremony.

The two current and four former justices attended Thursday’s event inside the Supreme Court’s courtroom. Former Govs. Jim Hunt and Beverly Perdue, who appointed some of the justices, spoke at the event, as did current Chief Justice Mark Martin.

Among the six is Henry Frye, who was the first African American associate justice and chief justice, serving for 17 years overall through 2000. There’s also Jim Wynn, now serving on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The two current black associate justices are Cheri Beasley and Michael Morgan. Past associate justices are Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a leader on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and current U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield.