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Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co.

Significance, The Same Right As White Citizens


Joseph Lee Jones


Alfred H. Mayer Co., a housing development company

Petitioner's Claim

That the respondent's refusal to sell him a home strictly because he was black was in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Samuel H. Liberman

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Israel Treiman

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

John Marshall Harlan II, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

17 June 1968


That the petitioner was entitled to redress under the civil rights law in question.

Related Cases

  • Virginia v. Rives, 100 U.S. 313 (1879).
  • Civil Rights Cases, 109 U.S. 3 (1883).
  • Hodges v. United States, 203 U.S. 1 (1906).
  • Buchanon v. Warley, 245 U.S. 60 (1917).
  • Corrigan v. Buckley, 271 U.S. 323 (1926).
  • Hurd v. Hodge, 334 U.S. 24 (1948).

Further Readings

  • American Bar Association Journal, November 1968, p. 1115.
  • Arkansas Law Review, winter 1969, p. 773.
  • Virginia Law Review, February 1969, p. 272.
  • Washburn Law Journal, Volume 8, p. 268.

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