State's First Black Federal Judge, George Howard, Dead at 82 by Arkansas Business Staff Posted 4/23/2007 11:45 am Updated 6 years ago U.S. District Court Judge George Howard Jr., 82, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was Arkansas' first black federal judge. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 15 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.