George R Ferguson

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George Ferguson was active in Charlottesville's civil rights campaign during the 1950's.


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Biography

Ferguson was part of a campaign to integrate the University of Virginia and its medical center. At the time, African-American patients had to be treated in the hospital's basement. [1] He was also the legal redress chairman of the Charlottesville NAACP when the Supreme Court passed Brown v Board of Education. [2] He was elected president of the Charlottesville NAACP in 1955. [2] His daughter was assigned to Lane High School during desegregation. [2]

On September 17, 2012, City Council named a portion of Fifth Street Extended between Elliott Avenue and Harris Road after Ferguson. [3]

References

  1. Web. Request for Honorary Street Name Designation, Evelyn E. Mason, retrieved September 17, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Road to Brown: The untold Story of the Man Who Killed Jim Crow. Dir. Jim Elwood. Web. Cincinnati, Ohio: The PPS Group, 2006. http://www.kaltura.com/kwidget/wid/_419852/entry_id/1_qf6ozxsi
  3. Web. City Council Agenda for September 17, 2012, Paige Barfield, City of Charlottesville, retrieved September 17, 2011.

External Links

Interview with George R Ferguson about civil rights, provided by the UVa Library