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'Colored Section, Roanoke Station of the Virginia & Western Railroad, Roanoke, Virginia,' February 3, 1950.
For 50 years, blacks and whites had separate waiting rooms in train stations like this one in Roanoke, Virginia

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Plessy v. Ferguson
May 18, 1896

By the 1930s, the practice of racial segregation was still widespread. When devastating floods hit Arkansas in 1937, for example, white refugees and black refugees were cared for in separate relief facilities. Finally, after hearing arguments by NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court reversed the Plessy decision on May 17, 1954. In Brown v. the Board of Education, a unanimous Court agreed with what Justice Harlan had said 50 years ago, that segregation was unconstitutional. What do you know about laws that kept people separated and about later laws that disallowed this practice?
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