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Humble Beginnings

Thurgood Marshall was born on July 2, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland to Norma and William Marshall. The great-grandson of a slave, he was raised with a deep respect for the United States Constitution and studied its intricacies frequently.

In 1925, after graduating from Douglass High School, he enrolled at Lincoln University in Chester County, Pennsylvania. One of his classmates at Lincoln was the famous author, Langston Hughes. It was here where he met his wife, Vivian Burey.

Upon graduating Lincoln, he applied to the University of Maryland law school, only to be denied entrance because of his race. And so began Marshall’s crusade against the injustices disguised as “laws” that were all too common in America.

3c Constitution Sesquicentennial 'Adoption of the Constitution' single

The 3-cent U.S. Constitution Sesquicentennial stamp was issued September 17, 1937. (Scott 798)

34c Langston Hughes single

The 34-cent Langston Hughes stamp was issued February 1, 2002. (Scott 3557)