On this day October 2nd, 1967 Thurgood Marshall officially becomes the 96th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court making him the first African American to serve the highest court of the United States. Thurgood served for over 24 years before retiring in 1991 at the age of 82. Prior to his judicial service, he successfully argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education.
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