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Saluda in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Morgan v. Virginia

 
 
Morgan v. Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
1. Morgan v. Virginia Marker
Inscription.  The resistance of Irene Morgan (1917-2007) to segregation led to an important court case. On 16 July 1944, Morgan refused to give up her seat on a Greyhound bus to a white passenger. After a struggle with Middlesex County sheriffs she was arrested. Convicted by the State, she appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court with the help of Spottswood W. Robinson III and Thurgood Marshall, among others. In a landmark decision in 1946, the Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to enforce segregation laws on interstate carriers. This decision helped set precedent for the later battles the NAACP waged against segregation.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number OC-44.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsLaw EnforcementRoads & VehiclesWomen. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 16, 1944.
 
Location. 37° 36.372′ N, 76° 35.665′ 
Gen Puller Hwy & New St image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
2. Gen Puller Hwy & New St
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W. Marker is in Saluda, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of General Puller Highway (Virginia Route 33) and New Street (Virginia Route 675), on the right when traveling east on General Puller Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saluda VA 23149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Lt Beryl R. Newman (within shouting distance of this marker); Middlesex County Veteran's Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Middlesex County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Middlesex County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Scottish Factors Store (approx. 1.6 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Middlesex County / Gloucester County (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saluda.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Nov. 30, 2022