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This Day in Georgia History

March 13, 1957

Georgia General Assembly Impeached Federal Judges

Gov. Marvin Griffin signed a joint resolution in which the General Assembly “impeached” U.S. Supreme Court chief justice Earl Warren and associate justices Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Thomas Clark, Felix Frankfurter, and Stanley Reed. The resolution further called on Georgia’s congressional delegation to institute formal impeachment charges against the justices in the U.S. House of Representatives. Though nothing came of the efforts by Griffin and the General Assembly, “Impeach Earl Warren” outdoor signs were quickly erected across the South by whites uphappy at the Warren Court’s decisions in the two Brown vs. Board of Education decisions in 1954 and 1955. These signs could still be seen across the South until Warren retired from the bench in 1969.