Posted on January 24, 2006

Episcopalians Seeks Sainthood for Marshall

AP, Jan. 23, 2006

NEW YORK — Episcopalians from a church where the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall worshipped are asking their denomination to name him a saint.

Marshall, who died in 1993, was a towering figure in the civil rights movement and the first black justice to sit on the nation’s highest court.

Members of St. Augustine’s Church in Washington, D.C., will seek initial approval for the honor Friday from delegates to the convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Two consecutive meetings of the denomination’s national legislature — which gathers every three years — will then consider the proposal.