Jim Crow Law Signage Photos

The Jim Crows were enacted in the late 19th century. Angry Southern whites were at the forefront in creating the laws with the aim of enforcing racial segregation.[1] Racial segregation was an effort by the whites to keep blacks in a subordinate status by denying them equal opportunities and access to public goods. Segregation effectively meant that Black and White people could not occupy the same spaces nor enjoy the same services. It is the same theme that is emphasized by picture numbers 1, 2, 3, 12, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, and 29.[2]  The White and black people were kept separate in all public systems; a Black child could not go to school in a ‘White School’ nor board a ‘White’ train or bus.[3] That was also experienced in entertainment places such as theatres and cinemas. For example, picture 12 captures a rest stop for bus passengers with separate accommodation facilities for colored passengers. Secondly, picture 22 shows a Rex Theater in Mississippi that was designed for only the colored people. Additionally, picture 2 reveals the poor business environment that Black entrepreneurs were forced to adopt because they could not access the high-end and populous centers where their businesses had higher opportunities of peaking. The demeaning environment of Jim Crow era was meant to…….

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