Catonsville Elementary School was quite different in the early 1930s. For one, the elementary school was a high school, and, in the age of segregation, black students were forbidden to attend.
But this weekend, Del. Charles Sydnor III, Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White; Larry Gibson, author of “Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice” and more than 50 others celebrated the school’s history and a pivotal event that occurred more than 80 years ago.
After nearly three years of research and work, Sydnor, who represents areas of Catonsville, Woodlawn and Ellicott City, unveiled a historical marker in front of the school, marking the efforts of Thurgood Marshall and a young Baltimore County family to desegregate schools.
“It’s a part of this community’s history that a lot of us were not aware of,” said Sydnor, who was inspired to create the marker after reading Gibson’s book and doing additional research.