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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Howard Brodie. Assoc. Justice Thurgood Marshall, between 1967 and 1978. Color crayon on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (035.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51013 © Estate of Howard Brodie
Gift of Howard Brodie

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall received his education at the historically black Lincoln College and Howard University before going into private practice in his native Baltimore. He volunteered with the NAACP, for which he argued before the Supreme Court, most notably in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to the Supreme Court, on which he served until his retirement in 1991 and was succeeded by Clarence Thomas. Marshall's philosophy was unabashedly liberal and his judicial record shows his consistent support of an individual's rights.