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Boynton v. Virginia

Significance, Court Splits, But For Boynton


Bruce Boynton


Commonwealth of Virginia

Petitioner's Claim

That his arrest for refusing to leave a whites only section in a bus station restaurant violated the Interstate Commerce Act, and the Equal Protection, Due Process, and Commerce Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Thurgood Marshall

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Walter E. Rogers

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Tom C. Clark, Charles Evans Whittaker


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

5 December 1960


Boynton's conviction was unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Curtis v. Roxxo & Mastracco, Inc., 413 F.Supp. 804 (1976).

Further Readings

  • The Negro History Bulletin. Vol. 26, no. 15, 1972.
  • Wasby, Stephen L., Anthony A. D'Amato, and Rosemary Metrailer. Desegregation from Brown to Alexander. Carbondale, IL.: South Illinois University Press, 1977.
  • Witt, Elder. Guide to the Supreme Court. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1990, p. 605.

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