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Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Interment LocationVisitedSequence in Graves I Have Visited
Arlington, VANovember 12, 20114th Supreme Court Justice visited


Fast Facts

Born: July 2, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland

Spouses: Vivian Burey Marshall (m. 1929-1955); Cecilia Suyat Marshall (m. 1955-1993)

Political Affiliation: Democratic Party

Solicitor General Tenure: 1965-1967

Supreme Court Tenure: 1967-1991

Nominated to Court by: Lyndon B. Johnson

Died: January 24, 1993 in Bethesda, Maryland

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Age: 84

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

"We cannot play ostrich. Democracy just cannot flourish amid fear. Liberty cannot bloom amid hate. Justice cannot take root amid rage. America must get to work. In the chill climate in which we live, we must go against the prevailing wind. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better."
- Thurgood Marshall

July 4, 1992 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photographed March 25, 2024.

Thurgood Marshall’s family lent his eyeglasses and wristwatch to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. A sign beside the items showed an image of Marshall wearing them as he sat with President Johnson in 1967 after LBJ nominated him to fill the associate justice position being vacated by Tom C. Clark.

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