The Street-Car Question

May 1, 1867


The first signs of segregation are shown through the distribution of the Richmond street-cars.Of the six street cars, four will be used indiscriminately while two will be reserved for women and children.All additional cars will be designated on the top of the car.


The Street-Car Question. -- The question as to the right of negroes to ride in the street cars in Richmond has been decided, after an interview between the president and directors of the Street Railway Company and General Schofield, and that decision is, that of the six cars of the company four must be appropriated to the use of blacks and whites indiscriminately, and two maybe kept for the exclusive use of ladies and children. These latter cars will be designated by a ball on the top of them. This regulation goes into effect to-day.
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