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William Reynolds, plaintiff v. The Board of Education of the City of Topeka in the State of Kansas, defendant. Alternative writ of mandamus - Page

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Proceeding in mandamus filed with the Kansas State Supreme Court. William Reynolds, the plaintiff, was a resident of Lowman Hill school district and the father of Raoul Reynolds, an eight-year-old student who had attended a desegregated school in the district until the building was destroyed by fire. A new and modern brick building, Lowman School, was constructed; however, it was designated for white students and black students were forced to attend an older and undesirable building, Douglass School. On the first Monday in February 1902, William Reynolds brought his son to Lowman School for enrollment, but the principal refused because the child was of African descent. Mr. Reynolds was directed to enroll his son in Douglass School designated for black students. The plaintiff accused the Board of Education of violating the Constitution of the State of Kansas and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Reynolds demanded that his son be admitted to Lowman School, to be taught without regard to his race or color, and to be treated in all respects as a white child.

Creator: Kansas Supreme Court
Date: April 28, 1902

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This source could be paired with the decision made in this case, which decided in favor of the defendant, to discuss school segregation prior to the Brown v. Board case. Students could discuss the particulars of this case in comparison with the Brown case 49 years later, focusing on the arguments for and against school segregation.

KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)

Item Number: 209524
Call Number: Kansas Supreme Court, Case #13140
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 209524

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