Mar 24, 2022 - Sale 2598

Sale 2598 - Lot 179

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(CIVIL RIGHTS.) Eleanor Roosevelt. Letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Thurgood Marshall. Letter Signed to Thurgood Marshall, docketed "tm" in manuscript, with inked date stamp. One page, 7 x 6 inches; mailing folds, minimal wear, faint paper clip imprint. With original stamped envelope. New York, 12 November 1954

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Eleanor Roosevelt pressed for anti-lynching legislation during the presidency of her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She was a longtime member of the NAACP, and joined its board of directors in 1945. In that capacity, she came to know the head of its Legal Defense Fund, Thurgood Marshall. This letter was written in response to his birthday greeting: "Thanks so much for your very thoughtful message which I received on the occasion of my seventieth birthday. Your good wishes added greatly to the event, and I was happy to hear from you." Provenance: William Cole, adopted son of Marshall's Legal Defense Fund successor Jack Greenberg.