Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that U.S. and Missouri flags at all state government buildings in St. Louis are to be flown at half-staff Saturday in honor of former judge Michael Calvin.
Calvin, who served as a judge on the city’s circuit court from 1978 to 2008, died Nov. 29 at the age of 63. In 1999, he was elected by his judicial colleagues to serve as presiding judge of that court, the first African American to hold that position.
“Judge Calvin served the people of St. Louis and of Missouri for 30 years from the bench, and the lowering of the flags on Saturday will be a mark of respect for his passing and a sign of honor to his public service,” Nixonsaid in a statement.
Under the order, the flags will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Saturday, the day of funeral services for Calvin.