Route 17 in Hillburn Renamed for Justice Thurgood Marshall

A portion of Route 17 in Hillburn has officially been renamed the “Justice Thurgood Marshall Memorial Highway.” Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice Marshall came to Hillburn in 1943 as lead counsel for the NAACP, and with the help of parents and local activists, desegregated the Brook School for black children and the Main School for white children…

That’s Rockland State Senator David Carlucci on the Senate floor earlier this year. Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in June 1967 and held the position for 24 years. The governor signed the legislation naming Route 17 after Justice Marshall last week.

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