The Races: Etched in Stone

Macon, smack in the middle of Georgia, has long been a railroad city. The old train depot downtown, finished just in time for the farewells and homecomings of World War I doughboys, is defunct but still grand. The Georgia Power Co. plans to spend $3 million making its interior a trendy warren of shops and offices. The neoclassical façade is to remain unchanged—almost. Georgia Power wants to cover up the anachronistic inscription—COLORED WAITING ROOM—engraved over one entranceway. Says a company spokesman: "We don't want to offend any of our black customers."

Some of Macon's blacks, however, want to preserve the...

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