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New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy visits Trenton for the second time in three weeks on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Murphy will attend the Trenton Family Festival at Hedgepeth-Williams Intermediate School, an 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. celebration of moms, babies and families.
The free event includes food, music, giveaways, health and wellness information and other offerings.
Murphy made a guest appearance in the city during the Trenton Public School’s Back to School event in late August.
Hedgepeth-Williams is located at 301 Gladstone Ave. The school is named for Berline Williams and Gladys Hedgepeth, Black moms who filed suit against the Board of Education after their children were denied entrance to the neighborhood public school.
Instead, their kids were forced to attend an all-Black school several miles away. In 1944, the state Supreme Court found in Hedgepeth and Williams’ favor as New Jersey adopted school desegregation. Ten years after, Thurgood Marshall argued and won Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka.
Marshall applied the Hedgepeth-Williams case in a strategy that moved the Court to rule that U.S. state laws forcing racial segregation in public schools were unconstitutional, even if the segregated schools were equal in quality.
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