My great great grandfather was John Marshall of the supreme court. To our shame there were slaves in my family at that time. Sometimes slaves took the American names of the family. Thurgood's grandfather Thoroughgood Marshall was a former slave and the judge's father's name was William Marshall.
I find it very interesting that Thurgood Marshall studied law and was a contender for constitutional law, as was John Marshall before him. I want to know if there is a connection. I am very interested in the constitution and civil rights, and am proud of being descended from John Marshall, and would be even prouder to find that Thurgood Marshall is also a member of my American family!