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The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada, New Orleans, Louisiana, San Antonio, Texas, Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
It Doesn't Impress Me To Say That Something Has Never Been Done Before Because Everything That Is Done For The First Time Had Never Been Done Before.

Birthplace

Born:
12/10/1933
Birth Location:
Richmond, Virginia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada, New Orleans, Louisiana, San Antonio, Texas, Monterey, California
Favorite Quote:
It Doesn't Impress Me To Say That Something Has Never Been Done Before Because Everything That Is Done For The First Time Had Never Been Done Before.

Birthplace

Born:
12/10/1933
Birth Location:
Richmond
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Biography

Civil rights attorney Henry L. Marsh III was born December 10, 1933, in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Moonfield and George Mason Elementary Schools and graduated with honors from Maggie L. Walker High School in 1952. Earning a B.A. in sociology from Virginia Union University in 1956, he went on to obtain an L.L.B. from Howard University Law School in 1959.

Marsh joined with Samuel L. Tucker to form the law firm of Tucker & Marsh in 1961. They were joined by Oliver Hill in 1965 to form Hill, Tucker & Marsh. He immediately joined the fight against the “massive resistance” that was Virginia’s announced policy toward the de-segregation actions called for in the Brown v. The Board of Education decision of 1954. His counsel in Gravely v. Robb resulted in single member districts for the General Assembly of Virginia. After having served on the Richmond City Council since 1966, Marsh won the mayor’s seat in 1977, the first black mayor in the city’s history. In 1981, he hosted the National Conference on the Black Agenda, which attracted 1,500 African American state, local and federal officials. In 1991, Marsh was elected Senator from the 16th Senate District, now serving his third term.

Marsh is co-founder of the Richmond Renaissance and the Metropolitan Economic Development Council, and a past president of the National Black Caucus of Elected Officials and a member of the board of directors of the National League of Cities. Marsh has also recently formed the Support Committee for Excellence in the Public Schools. In addition, he established the New Millenium Leadership Institute, is founder of the Unity Day Celebration Committee, and hosts Richmond’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration. He also has served as chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission.

The recipient of numerous awards, Marsh lives in Richmond with his wife, Diane. He has three children, four grandsons and two granddaughters.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his paternal grandfather, Henry Marsh I
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes going to summer school in rural North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his role in the desegregation of public schools in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes Isle of Wight County, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes his newspaper route and other jobs he held as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about working his way through Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes how HistoryMaker Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson III inspired his decision to practice law
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his work ethic as a student at the Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his experience at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes meeting HistoryMaker Oliver Hill at a Virginia General Assembly meeting in 1959
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Henry L. Marsh describes HistoryMaker Oliver W. Hill's legacy and honors in the Virginia State Senate, and at the American Bar Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes working for the federal labor department after graduation and joining HistoryMaker Oliver Hill's law firm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his role in the desegregation of Virginia public schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes why he became politically active
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about the influence of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 on the State of Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about being elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes becoming Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about gathering over 1500 black elected officials for the 'National Conference on the Black Agenda in the 80's' in 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his work in leadership development and early childhood education programming
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about founding the Richmond Renaissance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes the Metropolitan Economic Development Council of Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about being elected president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III expresses his opinion on the importance of solidarity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III considers what he would have done differently
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III describes how he would like to be remembered