Barbara Wilbourne as a Girl Scout troop leader in Savannah. In 1941, she had joined one of the first African-American troops there. Account at click of a visit she paid to scouts on the South Side of Chicago, talking with them about the Jim Crow era of segregation, and how her experiences as a Scout helped shape her character and her life. After college, she became an elementary school teacher and led a segregated troop for about eight years - so this photo is probably from the 1950's..
CONVICT MINERS | Southern states in the decades following the Civil War developed a system of arresting Blacks on flimsy charges and then selling them to plantations, lumber camps and mines for hard labor in deplorable circumstances. In Alabama, the convict-lease system persisted until 1928, longer than in any other state.
That Ice Cream Truck Song You Grew Up Loving Has A Really Racist Origin."Nigger Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!" merits the distinction of the most racist song title in America. Released in March 1916 by Columbia Records, it was written by actor Harry C. Browne and played on the familiar depiction of black people as mindless beasts of burden greedily devouring slices of watermelon.