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  • In St. Louis, Missouri, there was a shortage of homes in African-American communities because of overcrowding in them. Families began to move.
  • In 1945, the Shelleys an African-American found a nice house and decided to buy it. What the Shelleys didn't know was that this house they purchased was under a restrictive covenant preventing Blacks and Asians from owning this property.
  • FOR SALE
  • This is the one, honey!
  • The Shelleys did not buy the house as part of a movement. Louis Kraemer who lived 10 blocks away sued the Shelleys for violating the covenant and the case went to the Supreme Court.
  • WHITES ONLY! IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD
  • Kraemer lost the trial; however, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed the ruling saying the covenant did not violate the Shelley's constitutional rights.
  • The Shelley's appealed the ruling and once again the Court reversed it. A state may have a "restrictive covenant", but not one against race because it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
  • In 1948, the Shelleys WON the case and were finally granted there house!!
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