Canada: QUEBEC: Color Line

To the Chateau Frontenac, a U.S. physician named Dr. George Dows Cannon wired ahead for $12-a-day accommodations. He did not mention that he and his wife were Negroes. When they showed up, they were given a fine room overlooking the St. Lawrence. For three days they had no trouble. Then, as they waited for a table in the hotel's main dining room, a headwaiter told them: "We cannot serve you. ..."

Assistant Manager George Jessup explained that he had acted at the request of white American guests. "You know what it's all about," he said, "you're from the States."...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!