Avon N. Williams Jr. - 3A 180 - Nashville, TN
Posted by: bmon419
N 36° 09.803 W 086° 47.227
16S E 519146 N 4002091
Quick Description: Historic Marker for influential civil rights lawyer.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 6/14/2012 12:51:45 AM
Waymark Code: WMEMEH
Front Text: “A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Avon N. Williams, Jr., was an attorney, statewide civil rights leader, politician, educator, and a founder of the Davidson County Independent Political Council and the Tennessee Voters Council. In 1950, as a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, he and attorneys Z. Alexander Looby and Carl Cowan filed and successfully litigated McSwain v. Board of Anderson County, Tennessee, the first public school desegregation case in the state.”
Reverse Text: “Assisting in every school desegregation case statewide except Shelby County, he was counsel for the plaintiff intervenors in the Tennessee State University / University of Tennessee at Nashville Merger suit. In 1979, under federal court order, UTN merged with TSU. Williams was elected to the state legislature in 1968, becoming the first African-American state senator from Nashville to serve as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly. He represented the 19th district for more than 20 years, serving as a member of the 86th through the 96th General Assembly of Tennessee.”
Marker is fairly easy to get to. It's right at the TSU campus, where James Robertson Pkwy merges with Charlotte Avenue. There are a couple other markers really close by. If you show up off business hours, there is parking lot right across the street, giving you access to the area.