Marsh v. Alabama

PETITIONER: Grace Marsh
RESPONDENT: State of Alabama
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 114
DECIDED BY: Stone Court (1943-1945)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Dec 06, 1945
DECIDED: Jan 07, 1945

Facts of the case

Grace Marsh, a Jehovah's Witness, attempted to distribute religious literature on the sidewalk near a post office in Chickasaw, Alabama. The town of Chickasaw is owned and run by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation and is not a public municipality. Despite this, the town exhibits most of the same characteristics as any other town. After being informed that she was on private property and told to stop distribution of her religious material, Marsh refused. She was arrested, tried, and convicted of trepass.

Question

Did Alabama violate Marsh's rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments by refusing to allow her to distribute religious material in the privately owned town of Chickasaw?