locked Re: Southern segregation question in 1946


The typical small stations on all of the railroads of in the south were laid out in virtually the same way. Starting at one end of the station, there is the white waiting room. Next is the agent's/operator's office, with ticket windows on both sides. Next is the colored waiting room, and then the baggage/freight room. Most times there were no restrooms in the station, just an out house (which may have been restricted to white patrons only, I'm not sure).

After these legalized outrages were removed, the former colored waiting rooms were used for storage, often by the signal department.

Tim Rumph
Lancaster, SC

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