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Roanoke renames courthouse to honor civil rights leader

ROANOKE (AP) Roanoke has officially renamed the city’s courthouse after civil rights leader Oliver Hill.

More than 100 people attended a naming ceremony May 1 at the now-named Oliver W. Hill Justice Center, The Roanoke Times reported.

Hill spent much of his childhood in Roanoke and would go on to have a lengthy career as a civil rights lawyer.

In 1954, he was part of a series of lawsuits against racially segregated public schools that became the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, which changed American society by setting the foundation for integrated education.

Hill died at age 100 in 2007.

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