Bullock Co. civil rights pioneer dies

UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - Judge Rufus C. Huffman, Sr., a Civil Rights and political activist from Bullock County has died.

The Fitzpatrick, Alabama native broke down many race barriers in his long career.

In 1966 Huffman became the first African American in Bullock County history to qualify for elected office. A decade later the people installed him as the county's probate judge, making him one of only three such men holding that office in the United States. That same year he was also elected as the first black chairman of the Bullock County Commissioners.

The judge testified before three U.S. Congressional committees during his years of service.

Before his life in politics the Alabama State University graduate was a teacher, principal and coach for more than two decades. He was even named Bullock County teacher of the year for 1963-64.

Huffman is survived in death by his current wife, the former Bessie Daniels, and two sons, Rufus. C Huffman, Jr. of Atlanta and Henry N. Huffman of Montgomery.