Shelley v. Kraemer

(334 U.S. 1 1948)
   When an African American family by the name of Shelley bought a house in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1945, neighbors sued to prevent them from taking ownership citing a restrictive covenant in the deeds prohibiting the sale of the property to nonwhites. The case reached the Supreme Court, and in 1948 the court ruled that such covenants were unconstitutional.

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