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A bronze statue of a young Thurgood Marshall is featured in a new memorial to honor a native son who became the first black justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Marshall's widow and sons were part of a large crowd that watched the dedication ceremony Tuesday across from the state House.

"I can't describe my feelings. I'm just so excited to see him immortalized like that," Celia Marshall said.

The 7 1/2 -foot statue depicts Marshall as a lawyer in business suit and overcoat.

The memorial also includes a bronze statue of Donald Murray, plaintiff in the case argued by Marshall in the state Court of Appeals that desegregated the University of Maryland Law School. The statues of a boy and a girl represent children who benefited from Marshall's school desegregation cases.

Marshall was born in Baltimore on July 2, 1908. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Johnson and served 24 years. He died on Jan. 24, 1993.

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