Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Equal Justice Under Law
Thurgood Marshall's first major victory in his life-long struggle for equality under the law for all Americans took place in the Maryland Court of Appeals which then stood near this memorial. In 1935, Marshall successfully argued for the admission of Donald Murray to the University of Maryland School of Law. This was the first step on the road to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in the United States Supreme Court in 1954 overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal" established by Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Thurgood Marshall fought to achieve the promise held within the quotes above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. "Equal Justice Under Law."
[Timeline carved within circle on plaza deck.]
Born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Graduated from Frederick Douglass Senior High School, Baltimore, MD.
Graduated from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Begins work for the Baltimore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
1935 - 1936
Won Board of Regents of the University of Maryland v. Donald Murray.
Appointed Director Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Won Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka et al.
1961 - 1965
Served as Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, appointed by President John F. Kennedy.
1965 - 1967
Served as the United States Solicitor General.
1967 - 1991
Served as the first African American Justice on the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Erected 1996 by Governor's Commission on the Thurgood Marshall Memorial.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Location. 38° 58.762′ N, 76° 29.503′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from State Circle. The Memorial is a block west of the Maryland State House and is contiguous with "Lawyers' Mall" (a.k.a. State House Square) between College Avenue and State House Circle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State House Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Sir Francis Nicholson and Bloomsbury Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Government House (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland State House (within shouting distance White Oak (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matthew Alexander Henson (about 300 feet away); Baron Johann de Kalb, 1721 - 1780 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
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 . . .
1. The Thurgood Marshall Memorial. (Submitted on May 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Thurgood Marshall. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,681 times since then and 80 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 12, 2013. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on December 9, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 15, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 10. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.