Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

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Harry Briggs Jr. * A man at the center of a lawsuit that culminated with the U.S. Supreme Court's outlawing segregated public schools has died. Mr. Briggs was 75.

According to Samuels Funeral Home in Manning, Mr. Briggs died Aug. 9, 2016, at his home in New York City.

Mr. Briggs' parents, Harry and Eliza Briggs, were the first signers of a 1949 petition seeking equal treatment for black students. Harry Jr.'s signature was third. He was 8.

The case began in 1947 when black parents sued, saying black children had no school buses and were forced to attend schools that lacked adequate heat, lighting and running water. When that was thrown out, parents filed a bolder lawsuit challenging desegregation. Briggs v. Elliott was the first of five cases that were eventually combined and led to the high court's landmark 1954 decision Brown vs. …

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