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Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse

27 Courthouse Square

 

óRockvilleís African American Heritage Walking Tour ó

 
Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 14, 2011
1. Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse Marker
Inscription.
Should you receive the same pay for doing the same work? William B. Gibbs, teacher and principal of the Rockville Colored Elementary School, thought so, but he had to take the issue to court.

African American teachers had to meet the same qualifications as their White peers but received only half the salary. Gibbs petitioned the Board of Education for equal pay, but the Board denied his petition. Gibbs filed a suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court in 1936.

NAACP attorneys Thurgood Marshall (who later became the nationís first African American Supreme Court Justice) and Charles Houston (then Vice Dean of Howard University Law School) represented Mr. Gibbs. County School Superintendent Edwin Boome settled out of court, phasing in equal pay over a two-year period. The year after the case was filed, William Gibbs was fired from the Montgomery County School System.
 
Erected by City of Rockville Historic District Commission, Dept. of Community Planning and Development Services. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location. 39° 5.038′ N, 77° 9.102′ W. Marker
The Montgomery County Courthouse (1931) in Rockville at Courthouse Square image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 14, 2011
2. The Montgomery County Courthouse (1931) in Rockville at Courthouse Square
- the "Gibbs v. Broome, et al/1931 Courthouse Marker" is visible off the sidewalk at lower left - the panel to the right.
is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Courthouse Square (W. Montgomery Ave.) west of Maryland Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Red Brick Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Rockville (here, next to this marker); Montgomery County Court House (a few steps from this marker); 1891 Red Brick Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Court House Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock and His Men (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Monument (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable EventsNotable Persons
 
1931 Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 19, 2017
3. 1931 Courthouse
Gibbs' Suit Wins Racial Equity in Teacher Pay image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 19, 2017
4. Gibbs' Suit Wins Racial Equity in Teacher Pay
Newspaper sculpture on bench along Gibbs Street in Rockville Town Center.
William B. Gibbs image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 19, 2017
5. William B. Gibbs
Close-up of the Newspaper sculpture.
William B. Gibbs<br>Educator, Leader, Advocate image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 19, 2017
6. William B. Gibbs
Educator, Leader, Advocate
2010 sculpture by C. Lees on Gibbs Street in Rockville Town Square.
William B. Gibbs<br>1905 - 1984 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 19, 2017
7. William B. Gibbs
1905 - 1984
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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