DC Jim Crow Theaters: 1922-54
The long fight over Jim Crow in performing arts venues in the District of Columbia is illustrated in this set.

The Lincoln Memorial opened in 1922 and the invited African American guests, with the exception of Civil War veterans, were placed in Jim Crow seating roped off from the rest of the crowd.

Theaters were likewise usually segregated, including the major venues like Constitution Hall which barred African American performers and the National Theater which barred African Americans from the audience.

A long battle was waged in the city during the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s before theaters were finally desegregated.

For an article tracing some of the history, see washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/dcs-old-jim-crow...
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