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Tollison to speak on Supreme Court case

Dr. Courtney Tollison

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Peterson v. Greenville, with a public lecture by historian Courtney Tollison Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. in the museum.

The lecture, “Lunch Counters and Legal Challenges:  A 50-Year Retrospective of Peterson v. Greenville,” is free to members of the museum.  The cost for guests is $5.

Dr. Tollison, the Upcountry History Museum’s historian and a history professor at Furman, will talk about the landmark case that originated in Greenville during the Civil Rights Movement and effectively desegregated lunch counters throughout the country.

The lecture details the events that occurred on Greenville’s Main Street, the arrests from the summer of 1960, and the subsequent legal challenges that were ultimately resolved by the United States Supreme Court on May 20, 1963.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman University is located at 540 Buncombe Street on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville.  For reservations to the lecture, call the museum at 864-467-3100.

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