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This Day (Before Rosa Parks Edition)


On this day in 1944, Irene Morgan was arrested in Saluda, Virginia, for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Greyhound bus bound for Baltimore. She was also charged with resisting arrest after a Middlesex County sheriff and deputy forcibly remove her from the bus. Virginia’s highest court later upheld Morgan’s arrest and eventual conviction, but in 1946 that decision was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in Morgan v. Virginia. Morgan died in 2007.
IMAGE: Front page of Washington Afro American announcing Supreme Court decision in Morgan v. Virginia (1946)

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