Astounding..land a lot of people on both sides of segregation who experienced it are still alive. Mind-blowing, thank you for posting this.
Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
My parents experienced it first hand, moreso my mom having grown up in Memphis, TN. She remembers the times when she and my grandmother would ride the bus and my grandmother having to sit in the back. My mom said she didn’t understand why at the time because she would just plop down in a seat in the front of the bus.
And then there’s the fact that a subdivision in Miami, FL that is now known as Overtown used to be called “Coloredtown” and it was the only placed blacks were allowed to live at the time. They eventually moved to another part of town called Opa Locka which was built specifically for Black veterans in the late 40s/early 50s. That house and the one literally a block away which was owned by my great-aunt (my paternal grandmother’s sister) are still in our family fortunately. But considering how the FHA and VA loans worked back then (which is that they were only accessible to Whites, and are a couple of the GOVERNMENT programs that helped establish the White middle class in the U.S.), it’s a wonder we even have a house that belongs to our family.