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Letter: Rename road for Irene Morgan

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In a recent ceremony at Hayes, a new, historic marker was unveiled. It commemorates the personal courage of a 27-year-old black woman, Irene Morgan, who, in 1944, boarded a Greyhound bus at Hayes Store bound for Baltimore. She had recently suffered a miscarriage and had left her children with her mother in Gloucester while she returned to her home in Baltimore to see her doctor.

As has been reflected in the Gazette-Journal’s coverage of the event, she was commanded to give up her seat on the bus to a white person when the bus reached Saluda, and when she refused, she was arrested and charged with violating a Virginia statute, then in effect, that mandated segregation on interstate buses. She was represented by the NAACP and her case was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States by Thurgood Marshall, then the NAACP’s general counsel; he would later be appointed to the Court himself by President Lyndon Johnson.

In 1946, the Court upheld ...

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