Segregation Signs

Segregation signs visually divided the Deep South into racial groups through simple verbal cues, sometimes augmented with arrows or pointing fingers. These plaques were posted at the entrances, exits, and water fountains of the meeting areas, waiting rooms, halls, auditoriums, salesrooms, and restrooms of institutions and accommodations, both public and private. From a Georgia law requiring separate public parks to a South Carolina directive that forbade blacks and whites to work together in textile factories, they helped enforce segregation throughout the South.

Click Images for More Detail
Colored: Seated in Rear, 1929
Colored: Seated in Rear, 1929
Colored: Seated in Rear, 1929
Cardstock
4 3/16 x 11 in.
Collection of Civil Rights Archive/CADVC-UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005.112
No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans, n.d.
No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans, n.d.
No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans, n.d.
Cardstock
4 1/4 x 10 15/16 in.
Collection of Civil Rights Archive/CADVC-UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005.113
We Serve Colored: Carry Out Only, 1931
We Serve Colored: Carry Out Only, 1931
We Serve Colored: Carry Out Only, 1931
Cardstock
4 3/16 x 10 15/16 in.
Collection of Civil Rights Archive/CADVC-UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005.114
Showers: White Officers/White Enlisted, n.d.
Showers: White Officers/White Enlisted, n.d.
Showers: White Officers/White Enlisted, n.d.
Cardstock
4 3/16 x 8 1/2 in.
Collection of Civil Rights Archive/CADVC-UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005.115