This specific artifact was chosen because of its importance to me. Supreme Court of the United States Chief Justice John Marshall is my fifth great-grandfather, and his legacy in the United States has a personal value to me. As you will learn through the different sections, John Marshall had an outsized impact on every aspect of the court. The impact that he had on the use of black robes is no small factor either.

Come with me as we explore the use of black robes in the court system of the United States, and learn about the decisions that John Marshall undertook as the 4th Chief Justice, decisions that shaped the future of the Judicial branch.