Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Righting Civil Wrongs and Ensuring Civil Rights
In the 1940s, segregation and racist attitudes were still strongly pervasive in Trenton – in the neighborhoods, in the schools and in the workplace. One landmark legal challenge took place in the city during this period when Gladys Hedgepeth and Berline Williams filed suit in 1944 against the Trenton Board of Education in the New Jersey Supreme Court, objecting to their children having to walk two miles from their homes to the all-Black Lincoln School, when other public schools were closer at hand. This case helped set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Courtís hearing of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ten years later and the decision that barred segregation throughout the nationís public schools.
In the 1960s, Trentonís African-Americans and other civil rightís sympathizers stood solidly behind the cause for racial
Links to learn more – New Jersey State House, Trenton; Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Location. 40° 11.936′ N, 74° 45.513′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 29. Touch for map. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heritage of Sport (here, next to this marker); Growth of Government (here, next to this marker); “Trenton Ready for War ÖÖ.” (here, next to this marker); 20th Century (and later) Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); “The Whole Art, Secret and Mystery of Manufacturing Sturgeon” (within shouting distance of this marker); “Ö a Town laid out called Lamberton Ö”  (within shouting distance of this marker); From Teacups to Toilets (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper & Hewitt Ö.. Iron & Steel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of four subject markers under the 20th Century Arch.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 941 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.