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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Brown v. Board of Education

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By Roger Dean Meyer, October 8, 2006
1. Brown v. Board of Education Marker
Inscription. Delaware remained a racially segregated society until the mid-twentieth century. Though the segregation of public schools was supported by the “separate but equal” doctrine that had been upheld by the nationís highest court, the facilities and services provided students were hardly equal. Seeking to address this situation, citizens in the communities of Claymont and Hockessin solicited the counsel of Louis L. Redding, the stateís first African-American attorney. In 1951, with the assistance of attorney Jack Greenburg, Mr. Redding brought suit against the State Board of Education in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Formally known as Belton v. Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart, the cases were combined. Redding argued that laws requiring schools to be segregated by race denied the African-American students their constitutional right to equal protection of the law. The chief judge of the Court of Chancery, Collins J. Seitz, agreed, finding that segregation was inherently harmful to the students, and therefore unconstitutional. Integration of affected schools was ordered. The Chancellorís opinion was the first clear victory for opponents of segregation in an American court. The ruling was subsequently appealed and heard by the United States Supreme Court as part of the Brown v. Board of Education case. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court adopted the reasoning of Redding and Seitz in a decision that effectively ended the segregation of public schools throughout the nation.
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-138.)
Location. 39° 44.445′ N, 75° 32.988′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of North King Street and West Fifth Street, on the right when traveling north on North King Street. Click for map. Located in front of the New Castle County Court House. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Hall (about 400 feet away); Willingtown Square (about 400 feet away); Lincoln's Speech (about 400 feet away); Old Farmers Bank (about 600 feet away); Thomas Garrett (about 700 feet away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (about 700 feet away); Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilmington.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Brown v. Board of Education markers.
Also see . . .  Delaware Court of Chancery Decision in Belton v. Gebhart. This is the official decision from the Delaware Court of Chancery. (Submitted on October 24, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.) 
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