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Leslie Devan Smith, Jr.: The First African American Law Student at Washington and Lee University

Title

Leslie Devan Smith, Jr.: The First African American Law Student at Washington and Lee University

Authors

John N. Jacob

Files

Download W&L Law Class of 1969 (141 KB)

Download Smith's tombstone in Chuckatuck, Virginia (56 KB)

Download Smith's application to W&L Law, 1966. (222 KB)

Download Letter to Smith about scholarship and housing, 1966. (131 KB)

Description

The Washington and Lee University School of Law had long intended to tangibly honor its first African American graduate, Leslie D. Smith. Early in 2019, with the 50th anniversary of Smith's graduation fast approaching, Dean Brant Helwig led a committee charged with producing a permanent exhibit in Smith's honor.

Law School Archivist, John Jacob, and Dean Helwig did preliminary design work for the display. Gropen, Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia enhanced the design and fabricated the exhibit. It was installed in time for the 50th Reunion of the class of 1969, held in April 2019. The exhibit is located in the lobby of the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall.

This online exhibit is a companion to the physical one. It contains images and text from that exhibit, as well as materials that could not be included. Anyone who has photos or other materials relating to Leslie Smith's life and is willing to share them is encouraged to contact the Law School Archives.

Exhibition Date

4-2019

Keywords

Leslie D. Smith Jr., Washington and Lee University School of Law, Integration, Desegregation, Higher Education

Disciplines

Constitutional Law | Human Rights Law | Law and Race | Law and Society | Legal Education | Legal History | Legal Profession

Leslie Devan Smith, Jr.: The First African American Law Student at Washington and Lee University

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