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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory

 
 
Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
1. Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory Marker
Inscription. The railroad provided separate washroom facilities for whites and African-Americans.

Facilities and opportunities were quite different for black and white people historically in the segregated South. Jim Crow laws required “separate but equal” public facilities. The Central of Georgia railroad was no exception. Typically, African-Americans held labor and trade jobs, with limited opportunities for advancement. African-American railroad employees formed their own social and professional organizations.

This washroom served African-Americans, while a washroom for white workers as located near the Workerí Garden. Washrooms at the site provided shower, lockers, and changing facilities. “White” and “Colored” signs defined these spaces, the same way the signs on the right marked foundations at the rail shops.

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(upper right) Central of Georgia All-Star Colored Baseball Team

(lower right) Members Central of Georgia Porterís Club
 
Location. 32° 4.533′ N, 81° 6.1′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Louisville Road 0.2 miles east of West Boundary Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker
Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2013
2. Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory Marker
is located on the grounds of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 655 Louisville Road, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Drop Table (within shouting distance of this marker); Roundhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Roundhouse Foremanís Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokestack (within shouting distance of this marker); Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Georgia State Railroad Museum. Coastal Heritage Society (Submitted on November 19, 2013.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansRailroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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