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Jim Crow



  • Exclusive First Look at New Photograph of Blues Legend Robert Johnson

    Even if he didn’t sell his soul at the Crossroads, the massively influential Mississippi guitarist remains shrouded in mystery. An upcoming memoir from his 94-year-old stepsister brings new depth to Johnson’s mythos—and the third verified picture of him in existence.



  • May 18, 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson Decided

    On May 18, 1896 the Supreme Court's decision validated the "separate but equal" principle that was used to justify racial apartheid in the United States.



  • Ida B. Wells Honored with Posthumous Pulitzer

    Ida B. Wells's pioneering role as a journalist on the front lines of struggle against racist terrorism at the nadir of American race relations was posthumously recognized with a Pulitzer Prize yesterday. 


  • Healing And Reconciling History 100 Years After the Elaine Race Massacre

    by J. Chester Johnson

    The author's realization that his beloved grandfather had participated in a racist massacre in Elaine, Arkansas led him to an unlikely journey of reconciliation with a descendent of one of the victims of that campaign of terror, and an understanding of the need for honesty about how heritage can excuse racism.



  • $500,000 Federal Grant Awarded to Former “Americus Colored Hospital”

    The National Park Service and Historic Preservation Fund awarded the grant to an Americus preservation group to create a new civil rights museum in the original building of a Jim Crow-era hospital that served the black population of southwest Georgia.


  • When Anti-Lynching Law Was a Tool of Oppression

    by Guy Lancaster

    Arkansas used its ostensible “anti-lynching” law to transform the “bad violence” of the mob into the “good violence” of the state, to transform lynching into officially sanctioned execution.



  • The Jim Crow Car

    The North, the South and the forgotten origins of racial separation.