Burton V. Wilmington Parking Authority

Burton V. Wilmington Parking Authority (HM2LO2)

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N 39° 44.694', W 75° 32.94'

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In August 1958, Wilmington City Councilman and Civil Rights activist William "Dutch" Burton worked with the NAACP to expose the racially discriminatory practices of the Eagle Coffee Shoppe. The restaurant was located on this site in a complex owned and operated by the Wilmington Parking Authority. When Burton was denied service at the Eagle due to his race, attorney Louis L. Redding filed suit against the Authority. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in favor of Burton in 1961. The Court ruled that private tenants of a public facility were bound by the 14th Amendment and could not discriminate on the basis of race.
HM NumberHM2LO2
Year Placed2018
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 452963 N 4399588
Decimal Degrees39.74490000, -75.54900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.694', W 75° 32.94'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 41.64" N, 75° 32' 56.4" W
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