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Robinson v. Memphis & Charleston Railroad

In 1875 the strongest Civil Rights Act of the nineteenth century passed in Congress guaranteeing equal access to public facilities such as hotels, theatres, and railroad transportation. In Robinson v. Memphis & Charleston Railroad, Richard Robinson filed suit when his wife Sallie Robinson and their nephew were denied first-class accommodations traveling through Tennessee in 1879. This case, along with four others, was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1883 where it was ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was unconstitutional.

Subject

African Americans | Railroads

Creator

Records of District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

Memphis Law Case Files (Circuit Court), 1864-1911

Date

1880-1884

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 13 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 733765

Coverage

Memphis (Tenn.)

Original Format

Paper
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