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Tue, 07.17.1956

Davis v. Prince Edward Co. School Board decided

The Plaintiffs

*Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County was decided on this date in 1956.  Though filed in May 1951, it was one of the five cases combined into Brown v. Board of Education, the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1954, officially overturned racial segregation in U.S. public schools.  

In 1951, Spottswood Robinson and Oliver Hill from the local NAACP filed suit on behalf of one hundred seventeen students.  The Davis case was the only such case to be initiated by Barbara Rose Johns, leader of a student protest. The case challenged segregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia.  

Reference:

NPS.gov

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