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Burton V. Wilmington Parking Authority

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 28, 2019
1. Burton V. Wilmington Parking Authority Marker
Inscription.  In August 1958, Wilmington City Councilman and Civil Rights activist William “Dutch” Burton worked with the NAACP to expose the racially discriminatory practices of the Eagle Coffee Shoppe. The restaurant was located on this site in a complex owned and operated by the Wilmington Parking Authority. When Burton was denied service at the Eagle due to his race, attorney Louis L. Redding filed suit against the Authority. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in favor of Burton in 1961. The Court ruled that private tenants of a public facility were bound by the 14th Amendment and could not discriminate on the basis of race.
 
Erected 2018 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NCC-238.)
 
Location. 39° 44.694′ N, 75° 32.94′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of North Shipley Street and W. 9th Street on North Shipley Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A French Legion Kept Watch Here
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By Don Morfe, September 28, 2019
2. Burton V. Wilmington Parking Authority Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rodney Square (about 600 feet away); Caesar Rodney Monument (about 600 feet away); Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) (about 700 feet away); Spencer Plaza rain gardens are working to keep Wilmington's waterways clear! (about 700 feet away); Louis L. Redding City County Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Joseph Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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