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Rep. Green says shut restaurant down: 1934 | by Washington Area Spark
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Rep. Green says shut restaurant down: 1934

Rep. Robert A. Green was a Democrat from Florida who served in the House of Representatives from 1925 until 1944.


He had an uneventful career in Congress before attempting to win the nomination for governor of Florida, which he failed to do.


After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Florida to practice law.


During the debate in 1934 over ending Jim Crow in the House public restaurant, Green proposed a resolution that the House shut down the restaurant and auction off its fixtures rather than integrate.


The effort to end Jim Crow in the U.S. Capitol restaurants failed at that time, but the direct action sit-ins that occurred during the campaign served as a model for the tactic’s use in the future.


For a detailed blog post on the fight to end Jim Crow at the U.S. Capitol restaurants, see


For related images, see


The photographer is unknown. The image is from the Collection of U.S. House of Representatives.

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Taken circa 1930