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Thurgood Marshall, 1908-1993. Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 1967-1991. Typed Letter Signed, Thurgood Marshall, one page, 8½" x 11", on stationery of the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., May 24, 1991.

In his last Term as a member of the Supreme Court, Marshall writes that he has no copies of his arguments in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education, or any of the other cases that he argued before the Court.

While at the NAACP, Marshall represented civil rights claimants all over the United States and won an astounding 32 of 35 cases before the Supreme Court.  Among them were Smith v. Allwright (1940), which declared Texas exclusion of black voters from primary elections unconstitutional; Sweatt v. Painter (1950), which declared "separate but equal" facilities for black professionals and graduate students in state universities unconstitutional; and Brown (1954), which declared unconstitutional the racial segregation of public schools.

This is an extremely desirable letter.  Marshalls letters are not easy to find, and one mentioning Brown is rare.  This letter has normal mailing folds and is in very fine condition. Marshall has signed with a black ballpoint signature. Unframed.



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