The University of Texas at Austin
—Dedicated April 15,1988 in tribute to Heman Marion Sweatt 1912-1982 —By action of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on August 13, 1987, the historic "Little Campus" of the University of Texas at Austin was renamed the "Heman Sweatt Campus" in honor of Heman Marion Sweatt, a civil rights pioneer. A graduate of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, Mr. Sweatt also attended the University of Michigan and applied for admission to the University of Texas School of Law in 1946. Denied admission because of his race, Mr. Sweatt brought legal action against the University. In the landmark case, Sweatt vs. Painter, the United States Supreme Court ruled that separate law school facilities could not provide legal education equal in quality to that available at the University of Texas School of Law, one of the nation's ranking law schools. That ruling established an important precedent for the desegregation of graduate and professional schools. Challenging the "separate but equal" doctrine, the Court affirmed Mr. Sweatt's right to equal education opportunity and in 1950 he entered the University of Texas School of Law. Subsequently Mr. Sweatt earned the M.A. degree in Social Work from Atlanta University and served as an official of the NAACP and the Urban League in Atlanta.
|Placed By||The University of Texas at Austin|
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|Date Added||Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 10:04am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14R E 622022 N 3350270|
|Decimal Degrees||30.27798333, -97.73133333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 16.679', W 97° 43.88'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 16' 40.74" N, 97° 43' 52.8" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near , Austin TX 78701, US|
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