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Colloquium to mark 60th anniversary of ‘Briggs’ trial (access required)

Almost 60 years ago, African-American citizens encircled a federal courthouse in Charleston and held vigil throughout a trial destined to become a landmark in American civil rights history. It was May 28, 1951, the first day of trial in Briggs v. Elliot. Plaintiffs from Clarendon County were challenging state-imposed racial segregation of schools, and their supporters, hailing from around the state, had started arriving at sunrise.

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