Briggs v. Elliott

The Briggs v. Elliott case began as a simple request to provide bus transportation. In addition to having separate and very inferior facilities, black children had to walk to school, sometimes many miles. 

PHOTO: Mr. Harry Briggs and wife Eliza, plaintiffs in the landmark case of Briggs v. Elliott, and Rev. J.A. DeLaine after they had been forced to leave South Carolina due to the repercussions of helping to initiate a petition to acquire school buses for black children in Clarendon County.

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Briggs v. Elliott | South Carolina Public Radio
Briggs v. Elliott | South Carolina Public Radio

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Judge J. Waties Waring (1880-1968) | Road Trip

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Levi Pearson (1892 - 1970) | Road Trip

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Lee County - Dennis High School
Lee County - Dennis High School

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Clarendon County - Summerton High School
Clarendon County - Summerton High School

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Brown v. Board of Education | Road Trip

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Judge Matthew Perry, Jr. | Road Trip

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Eliza Briggs | Road Trip
Eliza Briggs | Road Trip

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Clarendon County | Road Trip
Clarendon County | Road Trip

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Rev. J. A. DeLaine and several others helped build the national case Brown v. Board of Education. DeLaine's family and other Clarendon county residents recall the bravery shown by signers of the...