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District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co. Inc. is a United States Supreme Court case over the validity of the local Washington Acts of 1872 and 1873 prohibiting segregation in public places within the District. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the segregating policies practiced by Thompson’s Cafeteria were illegal. Thus, the legal ramifications of the 1872 and 1873 Acts could once again be enforced, marking a huge victory for the national black community.
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