Details on the Exhibit
The law library hosts a unique exhibit "Thurgood Marshall's Early Career in Maryland: 1933-1937." Located on the second floor of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library the exhibit was created by Professor of Law Larry Gibson and was unveiled in 2008 as part of the law school's second Black Law Alumni Reunion and Symposium.
Professor Gibson first began gathering information about Justice Marshall in 1978 by talking to Marshall's friends, family and legal contemporaries about Marshall's early years as a lawyer in Baltimore. Gibson researched more than 2,000 documents, including court files, newspaper accounts and Marshall's personal letters to create nine, three-foot-long panels that are on permanent display on the library's second floor along with a collection of 18 photographs of Marshall from a boy to shortly before his death in 1993.
A second two panel display marks the 70th anniversary of the graduation of Donald Gaines Murray in 2008. Murray was the African American student whose legal action to be admitted to the law school began the process of integrating all of the University of Maryland's professional schools. The exhibit also marks the 30th anniversary of the decision to rename the law library after Marshall.
The Marshall Law Library also offers an online research guide featuring historic and archival materials about the Murray case, including Marshall's involvement.