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Jim Crow Practices in the South

Segregated Waiting Room at Bus Station

This photograph, taken in September 1943, shows a sign at a bus station in Rome, Georgia, that directs African American travelers to a "colored" waiting room. Jim Crow laws in the South mandated segregated public transportation. Photojournalist Esther Bubley took photographs of a Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, in the autumn of 1943. This image is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Esther Bubley

Created: September 1943

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

A Segregated Movie Theater

An African American man ascends the stairway to the black entrance of a segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi. A "White Men Only" restroom can be seen on the ground level of the building. This photograph, by Marion Post Wolcott, was probably made in October 1939, and is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Marion Post Wolcott

Created: Probably October 1939

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Separate Entrances at a Cafe in North Carolina

A photograph taken in May 1940 shows the Farmers Cafe near the tobacco market in Durham, North Carolina. The segregated restaurant has separate entrances for its black and white customers. This image by Jack Delano is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

 

Original Author: Jack Delano

Created: May 1940

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Trainman Signals from a "Jim Crow" Coach

A train conductor in Saint Augustine, Florida, signals from a coach and indicates the location of the "Jim Crow" section of the train where African American passengers were required to sit. This image, made by the African American photographer Gordon Parks in January 1943, is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Gordon Parks

Created: January 1943

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

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  • Segregated Waiting Room at Bus Station

    This photograph, taken in September 1943, shows a sign at a bus station in Rome, Georgia, that directs African American travelers to a "colored" waiting room. Jim Crow laws in the South mandated segregated public transportation. Photojournalist Esther Bubley took photographs of a Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, in the autumn of 1943. This image is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

    Original Author: Esther Bubley

    Created: September 1943

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • A Segregated Movie Theater

    An African American man ascends the stairway to the black entrance of a segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi. A "White Men Only" restroom can be seen on the ground level of the building. This photograph, by Marion Post Wolcott, was probably made in October 1939, and is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

    Original Author: Marion Post Wolcott

    Created: Probably October 1939

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • Separate Entrances at a Cafe in North Carolina

    A photograph taken in May 1940 shows the Farmers Cafe near the tobacco market in Durham, North Carolina. The segregated restaurant has separate entrances for its black and white customers. This image by Jack Delano is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

     

    Original Author: Jack Delano

    Created: May 1940

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • Trainman Signals from a "Jim Crow" Coach

    A train conductor in Saint Augustine, Florida, signals from a coach and indicates the location of the "Jim Crow" section of the train where African American passengers were required to sit. This image, made by the African American photographer Gordon Parks in January 1943, is part of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress.

    Original Author: Gordon Parks

    Created: January 1943

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division