U.S. Courthouse and Post Office / Briggs V. Elliott

U.S. Courthouse and Post Office / Briggs V. Elliott (HM2GOP)

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N 32° 46.568', W 79° 55.865'

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U.S. Courthouse and Post Office (side 1)

This Renaissance Revival building, opened in 1896, is notable for its association with U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring (1880-1968). Waring, a Charleston native who served here 1942 to 1952, issued some of the most important civil rights rulings of the era. Briggs v. Elliott, the first suit to challenge public school segregation in the U.S., was heard here before three judges on May 28-29, 1951.
Briggs V. Elliott (side 2)

Thurgood Marshall and other NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyers represented Harry and Eliza Briggs and 19 other courageous parents from Clarendon County. In a bold and vigorous dissent opposing the prevailing doctrine of separate but equal, Waring declared that segregation "must go and must go now. Segregation is per se inequality." The U.S. Supreme Court followed his analysis as a central part of its groundbreaking decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
Sponsored by the Charleston County Bar Association, 2014
Year Placed2014
Placed ByCharleston County Bar Association
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Date Added Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600107 N 3626975
Decimal Degrees32.77613333, -79.93108333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.568', W 79° 55.865'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 34.08" N, 79° 55' 51.9" W
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