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Breaking down the doors


Group portrait of lawyers and litigants who battled University of Maryland's segregationist admissions policy. The photograph was taken at Sharp Street Church in Baltimore, Maryland, during the celebration held by the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People in honor of Thurgood Marshall. Included in the image are (right to left): Parren Mitchell (student, sociology); Donald Gaines Murray (lawyer); James "Biddy" Wood; Earl Koger (lawyer); Richard Tyson (student, pharmacy); Hiram Whittle (student, engineering); Donald Stewart (student, medicine); unidentified man; Linwood Koger (lawyer); Thurgood Marshall (lawyer); Harry A. Cole (lawyer); Esther McCready (student, nursing). The two men on the far left remain unidentified.

The title for this image comes from a caption for the photograph in a special edition of the Afro-American newspaper.


circa 1950

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4 x 5 inches

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1 negative

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This collection is part of the larger Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, transferred to the Maryland Historical Society (now Maryland Center for History and Culture) in 1998.

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