SUPREME COURT: No More Jim Crow?

O, Jim Crow's come to town, as you all must know,

An' he weel about, he turn about, he do jis so,

An' every time he weel about he jump Jim Crow.

The name "Jim Crow," meaning anything Negroid, was spawned by that awkwardly worded but catchy little song hit a hundred-odd years ago; today he stands for the segregation of white and colored races. To the Southern Negro, Jim Crow has meant, among other things, outmoded railway coaches, the rear rows of seats on trolleys and busses.

When , taffy-colored Arthur Wergs Mitchell, the only Negro Representative in Congress, purchased a first-class railroad...

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