Monday, December 12, 2011

The Era of Segregation

It is always interesting to come upon photographs from the era of segregation in the South. This photo was taken in 1940 in Durham, NC at the bus depot. The bus is owned by Carolina Coach Company. A waiting room for African Americans is clearly marked.

So it was in the South prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Segregated waiting rooms, water fountains, bathrooms, eating facilities, movie theaters, schools, etc. were the order of the day. Thank goodness for progress and a much greater sense fairness for African Americans over the past decades, resulting a greater sense of dignity and quality of life for all Americans.

Much of the change and progress began at the downtown Woolworth's lunch counter in my hometown of Greensboro, NC, February 1, 1960. You will find related blogs in 'ThePoint' by putting "Woolworth's" in the blog search bar.

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