The Raymond B. Witt Chattanooga Public Schools Desegregation Records digital collection documents Chattanooga's response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that ruled segregation in public schools unconstitutional in 1955. As chair and member of the Chattanooga Board of Education and as the chief attorney for the defendant in the 1960 case, Mapp v. Board of Education of Chattanooga, in which the NAACP supported the case of James Jonathan Mapp to force public school integration in Chattanooga, Raymond B. Witt amassed legal documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, and other records created by the Board of Education, the United States District Court, and many citizens of Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Board of Education will comply with the decision of the United States Supreme Court on the matter of integration in the public schools. We have come to this decision after careful deliberation, believing that respect for the law of the land is essentially vital to each and every individual and to the welfare and happiness of all.
Board of Education, 1955 July 22
This digital collection features a selection of the the thousands of briefs, transcripts, legal correspondence and documents, and decisions housed in the Raymond B. Witt Legal Documents, Records, and Correspondence collection. Also missing from the digital collection due to copyright restrictions are hundreds of newspaper clippings from the Chattanooga News-Free Press, Chattanooga Times, and other papers. To view additional materials or newspaper clippings, please visit Special Collections.