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Breaking the Back of Segregation

 
 
Breaking the Back of Segregation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 15, 2008
1. Breaking the Back of Segregation Marker
Inscription.
Separate but Equal policy
July 11, 1948
Participants

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
 
Location. 39° 19.107′ N, 76° 38.791′ W. Marker is 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.
 
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 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Druid Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); These Citizens by Subscribing for the Park Stock in 1860 (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Sense of Sanctuary (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memory of Harvey J. Burns, Jr. (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Regarding Breaking the Back of Segregation.
Marker is in front of the bushes, to the left of the conservatory image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 15, 2008
2. Marker is in front of the bushes, to the left of the conservatory
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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,057 times since then and 105 times this year. Last updated on September 8, 2008. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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