Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Breaking the Back of Segregation
July 11, 1948
James Robertson, Maceo Howard, Morris Kalish, James Gross, Albert Blank, Jeanette Fine, Gloria Stewart, Mary Coffee, Mitzy Freishtat, Irvin Winkler, Stanley Askin, Louis Pinkney, Leonard Collidge, Royal Weaver, Warren Vestal, Marcus Moore, Regina Silverberg, Phillip Ennis, Leroy Matthews, William Carr, Issiah Rows, Delores Jackson, Two Juveniles, Charles Swan.
Created through the efforts of Charles L. Williams
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports.
Location. 39° 19.107′ N, 76° 38.791′ W. Marker is in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Pimlico Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Memorial Rose Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagner (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Wallace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eli Siegel Druid Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Towers, Gates & Pavilions (approx. 0.4 miles away); This Panel by John Monroe (approx. 0.4 miles away); These Citizens by Subscribing for the Park Stock in 1860 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Druid Hill Park.
Regarding Breaking the Back of Segregation. This marker was erected to commemorate the efforts of the 24 African American and white tennis players who organized integrated matches to challenge the "whites only" policy at the Druid Hill Park tennis courts. Their arrests were challenged in the courts until the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case and let the convictions stand. The "Tennis Court Case" helped lead the way towards the "Brown v. Board of Education" case which finally did strike down the principle of "separate but equal." This marker is on the former site of these tennis courts.
Also see . . . A Sense of Sanctuary. Another historical marker in Druid Hill Park, describing the events on this marker in more extensive detail. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
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