Alfred Francis Adderley was the first black Chief of Justice of the Bahamas having being appointed by Sir Robert Neville in 1951. There were many that opposed this change due to the apparent colour divide at the time, however Adderley proved to be a worthy candidate. Adderley was also appointed a
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the King’s Birthday Honours in 1951. He also presided as Acting Chief Justice that same year, at the October Sessions of the Supreme Court.
Alfred Francis Adderley held the Chairmanship of the Electrical Board and the Airport’s Board and was a member of the Civil Service Committee. He was chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Nassau, a member of the Vestry of St. Mary’s Church and a member of the Board of Governors of St. John’s College. His list of achievements are extensive and is why Alfred Francis Adderley will always be remembered as the most outstanding trial lawyer of his time. Alfred Francis Adderley, Caribbean 1st absolutely salutes you.