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Thurgood Marshall Escorting Autherine Lucy to NAACP Meeting

Faces Countersuit. Autherine Lucy (Left), 26-year-old Negro who was for a brief time the only member of her race ever to attend the University of Alabama, arrives with Thurgood Marshall, special counsel of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People, at a press conference at NAACP headquarters here March 2nd. Miss Lucy, four other Negroes, and the NAACP were sued for damages totaling $4,000,000, March 2nd, by four persons charged by Miss Lucy of conspiring to keep her from attending the University of Alabama. The suits charged that Miss Lucy had no "real desire to go to the University and was being paid $300. a month" by the NAACP.

02 Mar 1956, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA — Original caption: New York: Faces Countersuit. Autherine Lucy (Left), 26-year-old Negro who was for a brief time the only member of her race ever to attend the University of Alabama, arrives with Thurgood Marshall, special counsel of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People, at a press conference at NAACP headquarters here March 2nd. Miss Lucy, four other Negroes, and the NAACP were sued for damages totaling $4,000,000, March 2nd, by four persons charged by Miss Lucy of conspiring to keep her from attending the University of Alabama. The suits charged that Miss Lucy had no “real desire to go to the University and was being paid $300. a month” by the NAACP.