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Justice Marshall's Widow Unveils Historic Exhibit at Law School

Cecilia Marshall, the widow of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, unveiled the new exhibit "Thurgood Marshall's Early Career in Maryland: 1933-1937" in the University of Maryland School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library on Friday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The exhibit was created by Professor of Law Larry Gibson and is being unveiled as part of the law school’s second Black Law Alumni Reunion and Symposium.

Prof. Gibson first began talking in 1978 to Marshall's friends, family and legal contemporaries about Marshall’s early years as a lawyer in Baltimore.

"No one has done a decent job of covering the four years that he practiced here," said Gibson, who also talked with Marshall himself. "It was a very active period, but it was difficult to get at."

So Gibson pored through more than 2,000 documents, including court files, newspaper accounts and Marshall's personal letters to create the nine, three-foot-long panels that will be displayed in the library next to a collection of 18 photographs of Marshall from a boy to shortly before his death in 1993. This year marks the centennial of Marshall's birth.

Additionally, it marks the 70th anniversary of the graduation of Donald Gaines Murray, Maryland law school's first black student (whose entrance was secured by a Court of Appeals decision argued by Marshall), and the 30th anniversary of the effort to rename the law library after Marshall.

The Marshall Law Library has collected an online display featuring historic and archival materials about the Murray case, including Marshall’s involvement.


James Smith on Sept. 17, 2008

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