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Robinson v. Memphis and Charleston Railroad

Railroad Lawsuit


In 1875 the strongest Civil Rights Act of the nineteenth century passed in Congress guaranteeing equal access to public facilities...

Tags: African Americans | Railroads | Tennessee
Train Porters

Train Porters


In 1920, several African American train car porters filed suit against Southern Railroad Lines to be paid in accordance with the scope of duties...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia | Railroads
Equal Pay for Black Teachers

Equal Pay

February 6, 1945

When they returned to the classroom after their service in World War II, many African American teachers were inspired to gain equality of pay ...

Tags: African Americans | South Carolina
Briggs v. Elliott

Briggs v. Elliott


In 1947, Harry and Eliza Briggs were concerned parents in Summerton, South Carolina because their children were not afforded the opportunity...

Tags: African Americans | South Carolina
Desegregation at UGA

Desegregating UGA


In September 1960, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, two African American high school classmates from Atlanta, filed suit against...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia
James Meredith

James Meredith & Ole Miss


In the same month that Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes matriculated to the University of Georgia (January 1961), another African American student...

Tags: African Americans | Mississippi
Communicating School Desegregation

County Schools Plan


The county Board of Education in which the National Archives at Atlanta is located, Clayton County, Georgia, completed its school desegregation...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia
Jasper County Desegregation Plane

Desegregation Plans

September 1970

The holdings of the National Archives at Atlanta include desegregation plans from county school systems across the Southeast...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia
Fontana Dam Schools

Fontana Dam Schools


The photos of two schools at Fontana Dam, North Carolina in the early 1940s – Welch Cove Negro School and Fontana Village School...

Tags: African Americans | North Carolina
Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Jr.

U.S. Army Veteran Blinded

February 1946

On February 12, 1946, hours after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, African American World War II veteran...

Tags: African Americans | South Carolina