PROVIDENCE, RI – To commemorate the life and legacy of former Judge Alton W. Wiley, who passed away earlier today at the age of 91, and who served the people of Rhode Island and made state history as the first Black judge to sit on the Rhode Island District and Superior courts, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Wiley and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones.  On the track, in the Army, and on the bench, Alton Wiley’s exemplary talent, skill, and leadership stood out.  He was a star.  As a jurist, a civic leader, and all around gentleman, he gave so much to our community and made Rhode Island a better place.  We are forever grateful to the Wiley family and their legacy of service and equal rights and opportunity for all.”