Born in Richmond, 26 July 1916, Spottswood W. Robinson III fought against the Jim Crow laws that made African Americans second-class citizens. A skilled trial attorney, he worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and helped to argue the U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. Robinson was the first African American to serve in a number of judicial capacities: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1964-66), U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1966-89), and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (1981-89). He died in Richmond on 11 Oct. 1998.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: Marker location is an estimate at the time marker was approved by DHR. Actual location will be updated when marker is cast and erected.
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