"Colored" Drinking Fountain, 1954

Summary

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.

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.

Artifact

Drinking fountain

Date Made

1954

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

2005.19.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cast iron
Enamel (Fused coating)
Metal

Technique

Plating (Metal Coating)

Color

White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 9.5 in

Length: 11.25 in

Inscriptions

On metal tag on side: The Halsey W. Taylor Co./ Warren O/ Model # 4566 / Serial # 5954/ Pat 1,286,835 / 1,672,235 Side: COLORED

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