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June 26, 1955

Letter from Eliza E. Fitch, Charlottesville, to Governor Thomas B. Stanley, Richmond. June 26, 1955. Virginia, Governor (1954–1958: Stanley), Executive Papers, 1954–1958, Accession 25184, State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Virginia, Governor (1954–1958: Stanley), Executive Papers, 1954–1958, Accession 25184, State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Virginia, Governor (1954–1958: Stanley), Executive Papers, 1954–1958, Accession 25184, State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Eliza E. Fitch Wrote to Governor Thomas B. Stanley

The Brown v. Board of Education decision and Virginia's policy of Massive Resistance prompted many individual citizens to send letters and petitions to elected officials. The adamant stand of Governor Thomas Bahnson Stanley (1890–1970) against desegregation prompted Eliza E. Fitch, of Charlottesville, to write her first letter to a governor. Fitch argued against segregation, noting that the integration of the armed services went much more smoothly than had been predicted.