locked Re: Southern segregation question in 1946

William L Vanderburg

Anyone who’s ever been inside a Jim Crow coach knows the segregated restrooms are slightly the size of a porta potty. 

On Fri, Sep 4, 2020 at 11:32 AM John Stewart <jstew@...> wrote:

HI Ike


Sad but interesting. 


I never thought about how segregated facilities cost businesses money




John R Stewart






From: main@SouthernRailway.groups.io [mailto:main@SouthernRailway.groups.io] On Behalf Of George Eichelberger
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Subject: [SouthernRailway] Southern segregation question in 1946


Contrary to what many people might assume, the Southern did not like how “Jim Crow” laws effected their passenger operations and equipment designs. There are multiple memos and letters in the Southern Presidents’ and passenger car files on the subject. (The Southern held up the construction of Washington Union Station because the plans did not include a washroom for its “colored” Firemen…a story for another day…)


The attached memo from Harry DeButts was written as the Southern was just beginning its post-war lightweight passenger car programs.




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