Heman Marion Sweatt

Heman Marion Sweatt (HM2ELU)

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N 30° 16.399', W 97° 44.691'

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1912-1982

Despite outstanding academic credentials, Heman Marion Sweatt, a black man, was denied admission to the University of Texas School of Law in February 1946 because of his race. In May 1946, Mr. Sweatt challenged the university's segregationist admissions policies by filing suit against T. S. Painter, the president of the University of Texas. In the 126th Judicial District Court of Travis County, Texas. Supported by the NAACP Thurgood Marshall, a future United States Supreme Court Justice, argued the case of Sweatt v Painter here in the Travis County Courthouse. The trial judge ruled against Mr. Sweatt and upheld the University's policy of refusing to admit persons of color.

On June 5, 1950, after a four-year court battle, the United States Supreme Court reversed the 126th District Court and ordered Mr. Sweatt admitted to the University of Texas Law School as its first black student. By his courage, perseverance and sacrifice, Heman Marion Sweatt helped ensure the opportunity to achieve a higher education for all persons in Texas and throughout the United States.
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HM NumberHM2ELU
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Year Placed2005
Placed ByTravis County
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Date Added Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 620727 N 3349738
Decimal Degrees30.27331667, -97.74485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.399', W 97° 44.691'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 23.94" N, 97° 44' 41.46" W
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