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date: 07 April 2020

Thomas, Clarence locked

(23 June 1948– ),
  • Steven J. Niven

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U.S. Supreme Court justice, was born in Pin Point, Georgia, the son of M. C. Thomas, a maintenance worker, and Leola Anderson, a worker in a crab-and-oyster plant. Two years later M. C. Thomas moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, leaving his young wife to look after Clarence, their eldest child, Emma Mae, and a son not yet born, who would be named Myers after his maternal grandfather, Myers Anderson. The family struggled. Like most of their neighbors, they lived in a one-room wooden shack with no indoor plumbing, and although Leola Thomas was renowned as the fastest crab-and-oyster packer in town, the meager wages she earned barely covered the needs of a family of four. To make ends meet, she worked extra hours as a domestic.

In 1954 Clarence Thomas entered the first grade at Pin Point s all black Florence Public School a few ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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