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Thurgood Marshall's first major victory in his lifelong struggle for equality under the law for all Americans took place in the Maryland Court of Appeals which then stood near this memorial. In 1935, Marshall successfully argued for the admission of Donald Murray to the University of Maryland School of Law. This was the first step on the road to Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka in which the United States Supreme Court in 1954 overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal" established by Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Thurgood Marshall fought to fulfill the promise held within the quotes above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., "Equal Justice Under Law".