Sign from a segregated bus station in Birmingham, Alabama

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
plywood and paint
Dimensions
7 3/8 x 74 7/8 x 1/2 in. (18.7 x 190.2 x 1.3 cm)
Type
signs
Place used
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca.1957
Description
This bus station waiting room sign, circa 1957, is from the Birmingham AL, Greyhound Bus Station. It is a standard train or bus station sign from a southern state prior to 1964 restricting the seating of non-white passengers. The sign consists of a piece of plywood painted white with black stenciled text that reads: [ WAITING ROOM / (INTERSTATE AND WHITE INTRASTATE PASSENGERS) ]. The lower right hand corner of the sign has been splintered off.
Topic
African American
Civil rights
Race relations
Segregation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA in honor of Dr. James Farmer
Object number
2011.130
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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