On This Date in Legal History

In August 1960, African American boys and girls entered a nationwide chain store, S. H. Kress, in Greenville, South Carolina, and sat at a lunch counter designated for whites only. The store manager turned off the lights, announced the lunch counter was closed and called the police. He did what the local law required. A Greenville City Ordinance prohibited integration of the races at eating establishments. The law specified the races couldn’t sit within thirty-five feet of one another, and they were prohibited from using the same utensils and dishes. The boys and girls were arrested and convicted of trespass. On November 7, 1962, their case– Peterson v. City of Greenville– was argued before the Supreme Court. You can hear the attorneys’ oral argument at http://goo.gl/ycUC4k. In May 1963 the Supreme Court reversed the convictions.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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