Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory

Colored Shopmen's Locker & Lavatory (HM1BZH)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.533', W 81° 6.1'

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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 Worker' 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.

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

(lower right) Members Central of Georgia Porter's Club
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 12:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 490404 N 3548814
Decimal Degrees32.07555000, -81.10166667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.533', W 81° 6.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 31.98" N, 81° 6' 6.00" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah GA 31401, US
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