Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Segregated America
The Battleground
Legal Campaign
Five Communities Change a Nation
The Decision
  • “With All Deliberate Speed”
  • Freedom Struggle
  • Equality for All
  • Changing Definitions
  • Communities Since Brown
  • Fifty Years After
Marshall Supreme Court robe

Marshall Supreme Court robe

On September 1, 1967, Thurgood Marshall took the oath of office to become the first black Supreme Court justice. He wore this robe during his years on the Court. His appointment was the culmination of a lifetime devoted to using the American legal system to provide equal opportunity for all. Marshall continued that mission until he resigned from the court in 1991. He died on January 24, 1993.
(Lent by the Marshall Family)

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