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Did you know? Old Texas courtroom still exists where Roe v. Wade was argued

The building at 400 N. Ervay St. still operates as a post office. But it is also the former courthouse.

DALLAS — Some 50 years ago, attorneys argued the Roe v. Wade case in a Dallas courtroom that still exists today. 

The building at 400 N. Ervay Street still operates as a post office. But it is also the former courthouse.  

Part of the historic building was converted into apartments called 400 North Ervay. The courtroom where attorneys argued the Roe v. Wade case is on the third floor. 

Credit: Ariel Plasencia

The old courtroom, now called the Magistrate Lounge, is currently a common space that apartment residents can use. Apartment management told WFAA the space also serves as a venue people can reserve for weddings and meetings. 

Credit: Ariel Plasencia

The Roe v. Wade case does not exist without the city of Dallas. 

“Jane Roe” was Dallas County resident Norma McCorvey, who wanted an abortion.

She was represented by Dallas attorneys, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee.

The "Wade" in Roe v. Wade was Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade, who was extensively involved in the Kennedy assassination investigation during his tenure. 

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