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Plaque stolen from Thurgood Marshall bridge in Topeka

February 22, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police are investigating the theft of a commemorative plaque from a bridge named for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Civil rights activist Sonny Scroggins reported the theft Saturday.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports police spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen said authorities aren’t sure when the plaque was stolen, or how much it is worth.

Marshall was among the attorneys for plaintiffs in the Brown v. Board of Education case, which led the U.S. Supreme Court to ban racial segregation in schools. He became the first black U.S. Supreme Court judge in 1967.

In August 2018, a plaque was stolen from a bridge honoring Ken Marshall, the first black Kansas legislator from Topeka.

And a plaque designating the former Sumner Elementary School as a National Historic Landmark was stolen in 2012.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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