Saturday, August 23, 2008
Segregated Bus Station
This is a photograph taken in 1940 in Durham, North Carolina. The picture shows a bus station, but the interesting thing is the sign that reads "Colored Waiting Room". So, I guess the White people and Black people did not sit together.
I grew up in the 60's, and I never remember seeing any segregation situations like this where I was. The community I grew up in was very small, and there was only one or two Black families in the community. I knew 2 or three black children as I was growing up. They did well in school, and I can not remember them being treated any differently than anyone else. The community had a large Hispanic population . . . maybe close to a half the kids in my school were Hispanic. I think where I came from people were busy trying to make a living to put up signs telling people where to sit. It was actually a nice situation to grow up in.
I am curious about what type of segregation situations people from other parts of the country remember seeing. I am not talking about cross burnings and hateful violence, but the subtle things like different restrooms, different seats on the bus and so forth. What were all the ways people remember seeing different races being separated.