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Aster's avatar

Anyone else recall when the restrooms said, "Black Women" "White Women?"?

Asked by Aster (19874points) 1 month ago

I was shocked in Dallas in 1960 when I saw those restroom labels. I think they also said, “White Men” and “Black Men.”
Am I the only one who saw them? Soon, they disappeared.

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janbb's avatar

Never did but I wasn’t in the South when young. However, a Florida friend who grew up in Texas was surprised to hear that bathrooms up North were never segregated in my lifetime.

seawulf575's avatar

I remember when I was very young I saw a bathroom at a gas station that was for Coloreds Only and another for everyone else. That would have been the early 60’s. I think it was after the Civil Rights Act, but you know how those things go…they don’t change all that rapidly.

cookieman's avatar

Thankfully, no.

gondwanalon's avatar

I grew up in LA County in the ‘50’s and never saw anything like that.

Jeruba's avatar

Never where I lived. It was “where” as much as “when.”

I do think somebody besides you probably saw them, though.

kritiper's avatar

I never saw any of the old films where the word “black” was used, only “colored.”

JLeslie's avatar

Never, and neither did my parents or grandparents. They lived in New York City and vacationed in other parts of the Northeast, New England, and Europe.

Actually, my parents lived in Maryland when I was born,1968, they had moved there a couple of years before, but by then segregation was over. Maybe some Southern states still had up some signs in the late 60’s?

rockfan's avatar

Jim Crowe laws went away in 1965

stanleybmanly's avatar

I grew up with my dad working for the railroad, so my my siblings and I rode the train in the Summers between our Midwestern relatives the way other kids took the bus across town—and we rode free. Chicago and Kansas City were the usual destinations, but in the Summer of my 10th year, my mom’s lifelong friend invited me to spend 3 weeks with her family on their dairy farm near Taft Oklahoma. I had never been South of Kansas City, so when the train pulled up slowly into the Muskogee station, I stared out the window at the 2 water fountains labeled “white” and “colored”. I left the train to find Mrs. Page apparently relieved that I made it, and dashed over to the fountains to sample the “white” water which apparently was malfunctioning. Disappointing, but never mind. The “colored” water would be the show stopper for sure. But I’d been gypped again, and taught another lesson on the dishonesty run rampant in the world.

JLeslie's avatar

@rockfan I know, but just because there was a ruling, doesn’t mean all of the Deep South complied. Some places wanted to hold onto the old ways of doing things. Maryland is not part of the Deep South obviously.

SEKA's avatar

We didn’t have black & white bathrooms. We just had bathrooms that blacks weren’t allowed to enter without going to jail

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes. I grew up in the north, but my parents took us on various auto trips when we were kids. In 1962–3 it was Washington DC and Williamsburg, in 1964 or 1965 it was through the Carolinas and Georgia down to Cape Canaveral. (We had extended family in Miami and visited them on that trip.

LONG BEFORE interstate highways. We took US-1 down most of the way.

Anyway, yes, I do remember seeing Whites Only bathrooms and water fountains from about North Carolina down through Georgia., I don’t remember seeing them after we got into Florida.

But – hard to remember what I saw when I was 10–11-12 years old.

Yellowdog's avatar

Every time a restroom talks, it scares the hell out of me. They don’t do it much anymore, thank God.

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