Scott Bibb and the Alton School Desegregation Case

Scott Bibb and the Alton School Desegregation Case (HM2GF5)

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N 38° 53.45', W 90° 10.19'

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Scott Bibb (1855-1909) was the plaintiff in the Alton School Case, a series of lawsuits that sought to retain Alton's desegregated schools, which had existed in Alton from 1872 to 1897, a short-lived outcome of the Reconstruction era. When Alton City officials re-established segregated schools in the fall of 1897, the African-American Community resisted en masse. Bibb brought suite in The People of the State of Illinois, Ex-rel., Scott Bibb vs. The Mayor and Common Council of the City of Alton. Over the next 11 years the lawsuit was appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court 5 ties. In 1908 the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bibb, but Alton failed to implement the orders of the court, denying African-American students access to white schools. It would take another 50 years before the education system in that city would be desegregated once again.
HM NumberHM2GF5
Year Placed2017
Placed ByLewis and Clark Community College; The Illinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 745466 N 4308470
Decimal Degrees38.89083333, -90.16983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.45', W 90° 10.19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 27" N, 90° 10' 11.4" W
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