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The U.S. Supreme Court rules that officials may close swimming pools to avoid desegregating them
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In Palmer v. Thompson, the Supreme Court finds that the closings of pools in Jackson, Mississipi to avoid desegregation are not unconsitutional, because the lack of pools creates "an equal amount of inconvenience on both blacks and whites." Thurgood Marshall, in one of three dissenting opinions, finds that when a black child is denied access to a public swimming pool, his 14th Amendment protection is likewise denied.

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