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Case File 1387DMIL


Lloyd L. Gaines
Missing since March 19, 1939 from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Gaines was last seen as he left his fraternity house in Chicago, Illinois on March 19, 1939. He told his housekeeper he was going out to buy some stamps. He was never seen or heard from again.

Gaines was an honors graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. He was denied admission to the Law School at the University of Missouri because of his race in April 1936. His case eventually lead to the U. S. Supreme Court which handed down a decision in his favor on December 12, 1938.
Gaines never made it to Columbia. Discouraged by the state's response to the high court ruling, he moved north and earned a master's degree in economics from Michigan.
Gaines then spent several months shuttling back and forth between his hometown of St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago, struggling to earn a living - his jobs included gas station attendant .

The Civil Rights pioneer went missing before he could begin attending law school.
Gaines was granted an honorary law degree by the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006.

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Source Information:
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