African American attorney Oliver White Hill Sr. helped end racial segregation in American public schools as a plaintiff lawyer in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. He began practicing law in Richmond, his hometown, in 1939 and won his first civil rights case, Alston v. School Board of Norfolk, Va., in 1940. In 1948, Hill became the first black elected to the Richmond City Council in the 20th century. He later received many awards and honors, culminating with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. The Virginia Finance Building in Capitol Square was renamed for him in 2005.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - In front of Old City Hall building, 1001 E Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219, or the corner of 2nd and Leigh.
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