Brown v. Board Plaintiff's Papers Given to KS State Historical Society

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A unique piece of history is now part of the Kansas State Historical Society.

The daughter of Brown v. Board plaintiff Lucinda Todd donated her mother's papers to the society Wednesday. Todd was the secretary of the Topeka NAACP branch when she signed on as one of 13 plaintiffs in the landmark school desegregation case.

The papers include letters which provide an historic time line leading up to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Among items in the collection:
·an original handwritten draft document that outlines Todd’s thoughts
on the legal efforts, including a list of financial gifts made by private citizens
·Todd’s scrapbook of newspaper clippings
·Todd’s high school diploma and college transcript
·photo of Nancy Todd in front of Buchanan Elementary School
·historic photo of Todd home
·handwritten list of Brown plaintiffs, both children and parents
·handwritten note from Todd to CBS on White House stationery


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