"Whites Only" Drinking Fountain, 1954


The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

From the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries, segregation laws in Southern states separated African Americans and whites in almost every aspect of public life -- from railroad cars and schools to restrooms and drinking fountains. Varying from state to state, these laws were supposed to establish facilities that were "separate but equal." In reality, these were almost never equal.


  • Title: "Whites Only" Drinking Fountain, 1954
  • Date Created: 1954
  • Location: United States, North Carolina
  • Subject Keywords: Segregation, Race discrimination, Drinking fountains
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=344684
  • Object Name: Drinking fountain
  • Object ID: 2005.19.1
  • Image ID: THF13419
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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