Evans v. Newton
United States Supreme Court
382 U.S. 296 (1966)
In 1911, United States Senator Augustus Bacon executed a will devising a tract of land to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Macon, Georgia. The will specifically provided that the land was to be used as a public park open exclusively to white people and managed by white people. The City of Macon managed the park through its Board of Managers according to these terms for a while, but then opened it up to African Americans when it believed it could no longer constitutionally exclude them. Evans (plaintiff), a member of the Board of Managers and other members brought suit in Georgia state court against Newton and the City of Macon (defendants), as well as several trustees of Senator Bacon’s estate asking that the city be removed as trustee of the park and that new trustees be appointed. Several African American citizens of Macon intervened on behalf of the City, as well as several heirs of Bacon’s estate asking for a reversion of the trust property back to the estate if the petition was denied. The city then resigned as trustee. The Georgia state court accepted the city’s resignation, and the court of appeals affirmed, holding that Bacon’s will was a lawful device of property to a specific class. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Douglas, J.)
Concurrence (White, J.)
Dissent (Black, J.)
Dissent (Harlan, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 170,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.