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I know the answer to the car color. The SRHA knows it’s wrong; the Smithsonian chose not to utilize the correct colors, saying that the authentic colors wouldn’t look “right” in the lighting that would be used where the car would be displayed. This information came directly to me from Bill Withuhn.
Coupled with the apparent lack of luggage racks in the “colored” end of the car, it appears to me that the Smithsonian has not been very conscientious in portraying this car as it was in regular service.
On Apr 6, 2019, at 8:45 PM, Don Yelverton via Groups.Io <donyelverton@...
Where did this car color come from?
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, 07:35:17 PM EDT, George Eichelberger <geichelberger@...
I helped do the research on that car in the SRHA archives before it went to the Smithsonian. Other than the fact that the toilets at the ends of the car were slightly different sizes, we found NO differences between the “white" and “colored” sections of the car. It is unlikely the Southern would have been interested in creating any differences as the cars were not always in Jim Crow services and the Southern was very interested in providing good service to its “colored” passengers.
We provided quite a few drawings and specifications for the effort and only asked that SRHA be given appropriate credit in the display, I hope that is the case?