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"Separate Waiting Rooms" - Jim Crow

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Title "Separate Waiting Rooms" - Jim Crow
Date 2/14/1906
Item Type Newspaper (article)
Publication Wilmington Messenger
Description "Separate waiting rooms for whites and blacks in Southern Depot demanded by Charlotte Alderman...The Southern Railway officials here have been informed by the city attorney, Mr. Hugh W. Harris, that the board of alderman will not accept the passenger station unless certain changes are made. It is cited by Mr. Harris that the city objects to the general waiting rooms for white and colored people because there is no partition that separates them...As a matter of fact, the two waiting rooms are now only separated by a railing that extends the entire width of the room. The white people are on one side and the colored on the other, with only a railing in between."
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Courtesy New Hanover Public Library