Editor Mitchell’s Travels.

November 19, 1904

Summary

It was a clear case of where the tables were turned and a practical demonstration of the ridiculous features of the “Jim Crow” Car Law” when the streetcar conductor forcefully escorted two white men out of the colored car.

Transcription

That “Jim Crow” Car La,- White Folk’s Kicking.-A warm Passenger.-A Break-down on the Road.-The Trip to Chase City.
We Left Richmond last Monday at 12:50 via the Southern Railway. The colored people were provided with an entire coach, similar in every particular to the one provided for white people. It was well filled, but there were vacant seats here and there.
A Crowded Coach
The white coach was rammed, jammed and packed and finally two disgusted white men made their way into the colored coach and took seats with the air of the indignant female who says, “There now!” after she has done something that she was asked not to do.
The Conductor thoughtful
In the meantime, the conductor had arranged to enlarge the traveling capacity for the white passengers by placing them in the smoking compartment of the colored coach. He approached an aristocratic business looking white man and told him that he could not remain on the colored coach.
White Passenger Wrathy
The white man gave a rather sharp reply, evidently declaring his intention of remaining where he was. The conductor spoke rather sharply, but no less emphatically that he could not remain in that car.
A moment later his voice was heard from the smoking compartment of the colored coach, announcing that he had a seat for him to occupy. The white man arose and, being assisted by the porter with his luggage slowly took his seat at the place designated while another “white man who had previously escaped our notice arose and did likewise.”
Colored Folks Thinking
All of the colored passengers were amused although giving no outward signs of their satisfaction. It was a clear case of where the tables were turned and a practical demonstration of the ridiculous features of the “Jim Crow” Car Law in this state to which the railroads were made to yield by the popular clamor of the Negro-haters and politicians...
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“Editor Mitchell’s Travels.,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed October 27, 2020, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/774.