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Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Albion Tourgee

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
1. Albion Tourgee Marker
Inscription. Albion Winegar Tourgee, a native of Ohio and veteran of the Union Army, moved to Greensboro in 1865 and led a campaign to secure justice for African—Americans. He was an organizer of the Republican Party in NC, a delegate to the convention that drafted the Constitution of 1868, and a Superior Court judge from 1868 to 1874. As a member of the northern branch of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he helped organize the school which became Bennett College. Disliked by many, his life was often threatened before he left Greensboro in 1876 and N.C. in 1879[.] As an attorney, Tourgee represented Homer Plessy who challenged a state law requiring railroads to segregate passengers by race. In 1896 he unsuccessfully argued the Plessy versus Ferguson case before the Supreme Court. A talented and prolific writer, his books included A Fool's Errand, a novel about Greensboro during Reconstruction which was a best-seller. In 1897 Tourgee was appointed consul to France, where he died in 1905.
 
Location. 36° 4.289′ N, 79° 47.418′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is at the intersection of East February 1 Place and South Elm Street on East February 1 Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27401, United States of America.
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
2. Albion Tourgee Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Henry Frye (a few steps from this marker); Lunsford Richardson (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); O. Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trial Of Benjamin Benson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greensboro Law School (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Lunsford Richardson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil Rights
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, August 20, 2013
3. Albion Tourgee Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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