Local History Poughkeepsie pioneer: Meet Jane Bolin, first black woman judge in the US by Frances Marion Platt/February 20, 2020/Comments closed For the first 20 years, she remained the only black female judge in the country – a fact that she said “embarrassed” her . . . ➜ Subscribe to keep reading. Unlimited access, starting at $3.33/mo. See subscription options > Already a subscriber? Username or Email Password Remember me Lost your password?