Evans v. Newton
Significance, A Bequest To The Public, A Public Or A Private Facility?, Impact, De Facto Segregation
Evans, et al.
Newton, et al.
That a Macon, Georgia park that had been left to the city on the condition that it be open to white people be desegregated, even though the park had recently reverted to private control.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
C. Baxter Jones and Frank C. Jones
Justices for the Court
William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Byron R. White
Hugo Lafayette Black, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart
Date of Decision
17 January 1966
Upheld the petitioners' claim, reversing the decisions of two lower courts and ruling that, due to its history as a public facility, and to the public nature of parks in general, the park must be operated on a desegregated basis.
- Pennsylvania v. Board of Directors of the City Trusts of Philadelphia, 357 U.S. 570 (1958).
- Evans v. Abney, 396 U.S. 435 (1970).
- Palmer v. Thompson, 403 U.S. 217 (1971).
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