This Week in Reconstruction, May 1-8, 1867
The street-car issue is on people's minds this week. Before slavery ended, the street-car issue had not been a question or problem because enslaved people simply rode with their masters. After emancipation, however, white Richmonders want to segregate the cars between races and genders. Black people have not accepted these measures, though, for a black man tried to ride a ladies' car after the new rule was established. This caused the conductor to run off the tracks while driving in Richmond and the police to intervene. The Dispatch states that this is the "third attempt that this notorious negro has made to ride in the cars."