The historic Loudoun County courthouse in downtown Leesburg, which previously had no name, was recently named in honor of civil rights attorney Charles Hamilton Houston. The Heritage Commission recommended the courthouse be named for Houston, a former Litigation Director for the NAACP. Charles Hamilton Houseton argued a 1933 landmark civil rights case in this courthouse, leading the first all-black legal team in a major case in a southern courthouse. Houston and his team were credited with exposing the biased jury selection process and other procedural issues as a major element of their case, according to the Heritage Foundation. Houston was also a civil rights leader and educator who mentored future attorneys, including future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
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