Upton in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Thurgood Marshall House
This was the most famous of the many civil rights cases argued by Thurgood Marshall before the Supreme Court. Born and raised in Baltimore, Marshall lived in this house as a young boy. Denied admission to the University of Maryland Law School because of his race, he commuted to Howard University instead, graduating in 1933. Two years later, he took U.M.L.S. to court on behalf of Donald Murray. He won the case, forcing the school to admit Murray, its first black student since the 1890's.
Marshall joined the legal staff of the NAACP in 1936. He stayed there 25 years, until President John F. Kennedy appointed him to the U.S. Circuity Court of Appeals
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Chapter of the NAACP, Sponsor and William Donald Schaefer, Mayor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓, and the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series lists.
Location. 39° 18.25′ N, 76° 38.009′ W. Marker is in Upton in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Division Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1632 Division Street, 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. Community Growth and Faith (within shouting distance of this marker); Diversity in a Segregated Community (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nurturing the Arts (about 400 feet away); Buy Where You Can Work Campaign & Higher Education (about 500 feet away); Building Community Organizations (about 500 feet away); Suffrage Leaders (about 600 feet away); Take a Stroll Down the Main Street of the African American Experience (about 600 feet away); J. Howard Payne (1887-1960) House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upton.
More about this marker. The marker features a photograph with the caption:
First victory in the school segregation fight came in 1935 when Charlie Houston (left) and Thurgood Marshall (right) got Donald Murray into the University of Maryland Law School.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,317 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3. submitted on January 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on September 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.