Signs of Segregation

"Drinking fountain on the county courthouse lawn, Halifax, North Carolina" by John Vachon, 1938

Photographer John Vachon captures segregation enforcement in Halifax, North Carolina in April 1938.

A Cafe Near the Tobacco Market, Durham, North Carolina, May 1940

A cafe near the tobacco market, Durham, North Carolina. Signs: Separate doors for "White" and for "Colored," May 1940.
Photograph by Jack Delano, courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress.

Rex Theater for Colored People by Dorthea Lange, 1937

Dorthea Lange's photograph, Theatre in Leland, Mississippi, June, 1937.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8b32104, Retrieved from:

Detroit Tenants Photograph by Arthur S. Siegel, 1942

Arthur S. Siegel, photograph of sign reading "We want white tenants in our white community," Detroit, Michigan, February 1942.
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Sign for Colored Waiting Room, 1943

Esther Bubley, sign for colored waiting room, Greyhound bus station in Rome, GA, September 1943. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC

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