Colored Editor Gets Damages

February 28, 1903


A black man was denied food “while riding in a Pullman car” in Richmond.


Colored Editor Gets Damages
H. P. Johnston, of Camden, Who Sued Pullman Company, Awarded $500.
Trenton, N. J., Feb. 24. – In the United States Court here yesterday a jury awarded $500 damages to Rev. Henry P. Johnston, of Camden, a colored man, who sued the Pullman Car Company for $10,000. Johnston is editor of the Christian Advocate, and on March 25th last, while riding in a Pullman car between Richmond, Va., and Washington sought service in the dining car. He was refused food by different subterfuges, notwithstanding he applied three times. Finally, when all the passengers had been served and the employees were eating, he was offered food.
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