From Eva Benningfield to Dr. F. A. Middlebush


Letter from Eva Benningfield to Dr. F. A. Middlebush, University of Missouri president, describing telegraphs "supposedly from Negro students" regarding the Gaines vs. Missouri case, and discussing media attention they are receiving. Lloyd Gaines, a young black Missouri man, sought admission to the University of Missouri's law school and was rejected on the basis of his race. The case eventually reached the Supreme Court, which decided in December 1938 that if only one school existed, students of all races must be admitted. Lincoln University established a law school for black students that opened in September 1939.

February 2nd 1939
Modern Location: 
Springfield, MO
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Collection Title, Call or Box Number: 
C2582 - University of Missouri, President's Office, Papers, 1892-1966
Digital Object Identifier: 
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.