RARE 1920s JIM CROW Segregation FOR COLORED WHITES Sign
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Directory: Archives: Collectibles: Memorabilia: Pre 1930: item # 950251
Please refer to our stock # BA766 when inquiring.
PO Box 461
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Measuring 10.25 inches wide x 4.50 inches high, this untouched, all-original, double-sided, solid, one half-inch-thick-wooden, circa 1920s sign is an extraordinarily RARE piece of Black American history-- an artifact of the "Jim Crow" era when segregation of the African American race was unfortunately, most commonplace.
The origin of this sign is unknown, but it once hung on either the interior of a bus or railroad car designating the section of the bus or rail car where African-Americans were required to sit. One side reads “FOR WHITES” and the other side reads “FOR COLORED” thus separating the two races on public conveyance vehicles-- segregating the African-Americans to the back of the vehicle.
This historically significant sign is in all-original condition and has some paint loss and scratching typical of its age and use as noted in photos. The “white” side has a horizontal black mark running above the word "white". A horizontally running gouge is present in the wood on the “colored” side and runs through the word "FOR". It is approximately 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch deep. Please see photos. None of these age-characteristics impact the physical integrity of the sign and are more than appropriate to the age and purpose of the piece.
An utterly phenomenal, extremely RARE, one-of-a-kind, museum-worthy piece of Black American history!
Please take a moment to view a second "Jim Crow" Segregationist Era sign that I currently have the pleasure of offering. It is featured in the final photo, and of course, is priced separately.