In October 1967, Thurgood Marshall made history by becoming the first African-American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment, Marshall was a lawyer who had gained international acclaim for his victory in the landmark legal case Brown v. Board of Education. As chief counsel for the NAACP, Marshall argued and won numerous civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Historians note that he accomplished this task more than any other attorney in history. Before his appointment to the court, Marshall served as the first African-American Solicitor General under President Lyndon Johnson. The main airport that serves Maryland and the D.C suburbs was renamed Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in 2005.
His grave is marked by a large grey polished marble headstone atop a rough hewed base. The face of the monument includes the Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States.