(1897-1908)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.
|Placed By||Lewis 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|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 745466 N 4308470|
|Decimal Degrees||38.89083333, -90.16983333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 53.45', W 90° 10.19'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 53' 27" N, 90° 10' 11.4" W|
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