Parsons in Tucker County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Williams v. Board of Education Case
Erected 2011 by Tucker County Historical Society & Friends of Blackwater, and the West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Women. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 39° 5.808′ N, 79° 40.812′ W. Marker is in Parsons, West Virginia, in Tucker County. Marker is on First Street (U.S. 219) west of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling south. It is at the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parsons WV 26287, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We Are Free Because You Were Brave! (here, next to this marker); Tucker County CourthouseCorrick's Ford Battle (a few steps from this marker); 213 1st Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Tucker County Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Parsons / Corrick's Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of All Women who Served in the Armed Forces to Preserve America's Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parsons.
Regarding Williams v. Board of Education Case. The law said the school year was eight months, but only five months’ worth of money was allocated to the colored school for the teacher’s salary. The schoolteacher taught the full eight months, and then sued for the missing three months’ salary. She won because the school board did not follow the law and she did.
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1. The Carrie Williams Case
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“2. Where a teacher has been employed to teach a colored school by the trustees thereof, under the supervision of the board of education, and she teaches the same the full term of the other primary schools in the same district, satisfactorily to the patrons of such school, she is entitled to pay for her whole term of service; and the board of education cannot escape the payment thereof by interposing a plea that it had, by reason of the school being a colored school, limited the term thereof to a shorter period than the white schools in the same district. Such discrimination, being made merely on account of color, cannot be recognized or tolerated, as it is contrary to public policy and the law of the land.”
— Submitted September 1, 2018.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.