El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon
As a political activist and registered Democrat, Dr. Nixon challenged state laws that barred African Americans from participation in that party's electoral primaries. In litigation that ultimately went before the U.S. Supreme Court in Nixon v. Herndon (1924) and Nixon v. Condon (1927), he won two landmark victories that would help secure voting rights for U.S. citizens regardless of race. The State of Texas circumvented the rulings for almost two decades, but the precedent set by Dr. Nixon was ultimately affirmed in 1944, and that year he and his second wife, Drusilla (Tandy), voted in the primaries. The couple continued to work toward the development of civil rights throughout their lifetimes.
Well-loved and respected, Dr. Nixon was considered a
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13853.)
Location. 31° 46.845′ N, 106° 27.348′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is at the intersection of East Wyoming Avenue and North Cebada Street, on the right when traveling west on East Wyoming Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3231 East Wyoming Avenue, El Paso TX 79903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry O. Flipper (a few steps from this marker); Fort Bliss Buffalo Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guardian Angel Church (approx. half a mile away); Concordia Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); John Wesley Hardin (approx. half a mile away); The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Site of Camp Concordia and Fort Bliss (approx. ¾ mile away); Defining A Border (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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