Text on the Thurgood Marshall Memorial
State House Square
Annapolis, Maryland


Chronology of Thurgood Marshall's Career:

1925: Graduated from Frederick Douglass Senior High School, Baltimore, MD

 1930: Graduated with honors from Lincoln University, PA

 1933: Graduated from Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC

 1933-38: Initiated civil rights work in Maryland against lynching and for equal pay for teachers

 1934: Begins work for the Baltimore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

1936: Won Board of Regents of the University of Maryland v. Donald Murray

 1940: Appointed Director-Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

 1954: Brown et. al. v. Board of Education of Topeka et. al.

 1961-65: Served as Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals appointed by President John F. Kennedy

 1965-67: Served as United States Solicitor General appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson

 1967-91: Served as first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
 
 

Text Around Circle:

Thurgood Marshall's first major victory in his life-long struggle for equality under the law for all Americans took place in the Maryland Court of Appeals which then stood near this memorial. In 1935, Marshall successfully argued for the admission of Donald Murray to the University of Maryland School of Law. This was the first step on the road to Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka in which the United States Supreme Court in 1954 overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal" established by Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Throughout his life, Thurgood Marshall fought to fulfill the promise held within the quote above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. "Equal Justice Under Law." 


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