Section 6: Timeline of Significant Cases from the “Separate But Equal” Policy



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The Supreme Court decided in favor of Lincoln University graduate Lloyd Gains, an African- American student who been refused admission to the University of Missouri Law School.

Significance: This case set a precedent for other states to attempt to “equalize” Black school facilities, rather than integrate them. The Court held that the state must furnish Gains “Within its borders facilities for legal education substantially equal to those which the state there offered for the persons of the white race, whether or not other Negroes sought the same opportunity.”

Additionally, the ruling helped to create the Lincoln University School of Law which was opened from 1939 to 1955.