Plaintiffs brought suit for themselves and all other taxpayers in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, to enjoin the Board of County Commissioners from delivering to purchasers school bonds which were voted for the acquisition, maintenance, and repair of segregated schools. The lower court ruled that the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which nullified statutes providing for segregation of races in schools, did not negate other statutes providing for the acquisition, maintenance, and repair of separate schools under a segregated system, and that such an acquisition was legal. Plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. Held: affirmed.
This case is one of the first examples of a successful attempt by a state to circumvent the decision against segregation.
Marshall D. Becker,
Constitutional Law—Equal Protection—School Segregation Revived,
35 Neb. L. Rev. 133
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