Even before the episode of what the Afro called "The Spite Wall" in 1941, Morgan had tried to overcome the wrath of people of the neighborhoods in the northeast sections of the city and the county. Under the blaring headline, FIGHTS NEGRO INVASION, The Sun reported on May 2, 1917: "Lauraville has blood in its eye for any invasion of its 99 per cent pure white community by a negro institution, colony or settlement of any kind or character and proved last night … its determination to fight any such invasion to the last ditch." After Morgan's trustees purchased land a month later, angry neighbors took the fight all the way to the state's highest court before losing in October 1918. They kept fighting, even entreating a segregationist mayor to create a municipal park out of land earmarked for housing for Morgan administrators and faculty. Again, they lost.