NEW ROADS, La (BRPROUD) – A new statue sits in front of the Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse.

Catherine “Kitty” Kimball was the first female Louisiana Supreme Court Justice and the first woman to hold the position of Chief Justice.

“This beautiful statue honors the first female Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, and her three decades dedicated to the state and our parish,” an official Pointe Coupee Parish Government Facebook post says.

The plaque has the following quote:

Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball began her career as the first female elected to the 18th judicial district court. Affectionally known to many as “Kitty,” Chief Justice Kimball stands as one of Louisiana’s most prominent servant leaders.

As a true trailblazer for justice, she has served as an inspiration and mentor to many both within and outside of the legal profession. Chief Justice Kimball’s distinguished career path is marked with many firsts. She became the first woman ever elected to Louisiana’s Supreme Court, eventually becoming the first woman to hold the position of Chief Justice.

While her numerous barrier-breaking accomplishments helped to transform Louisiana’s justice system, her most cherished accomplishments were in the areas of juvenile justice, along with upholding the overall integrity of the judiciary.

Chief Justice “Kitty” Kimball and her husband, former State Representative Clyde W. Kimball, were blessed to have been elected to serve the people of Pointe Coupee Parish and the state of Louisiana. They are the proud parents of three children, Kevin Hudson Kimball, Catherine Kimball Leggio, and Lyria Kimball O’Brien.

Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball statue plaque