Examples of the effects of the JIM CROW LAWS.

A sign hanging to indicate a colored waiting room.

“Colored Waiting Room” Sign

Notice how this ticket is specifically for a “Colored Child”?A “Colored Child” Ticket

Everywhere a person went while Jim Crow laws were in place was segregated, even this laundromat. “We Wash For White People Only”

There were signs everywhere to indicate where African Americans, or at the time called negros or colored people, could eat, drink, live, work, sit, or do anything.

Segregated Water Fountains

For Rent Colored

Colored Served in Rear

No Negros

White Only

Pictures of the Sit-In Movement

Stores like Woolworth’s and Kress’ were where the sit-ins started.Woolworth’s

Students started the sit-in movement and would sit at counters until they were served just like a white person. This rarely happened, and many were arrested.Sit-Ins

Both white students and black students participated in this, and they were harassed for it, as seen in this picture from a 1963 sit-in. 1963 Sit-In

Another form of protest were Freedom Rides. Interracial groups of Civil Rights activists would ride from city to city in the south, and would try to enforce a law that provided the integration of bus stops. This normally resulted in white violence against
the Freedom Riders.

Freedom Rides


The three men in this picture were murdered for their involvement in the Freedom Rides.

Murdered for Trying to Gain Civil Rights

School Integration was another battle that African Americans had to endure during the Civil Rights Movement. The 1954 court case, Brown v. Board of Education, made school segregation illegal. Implementing integration in schools caused quite a stir though. In 1957, the High School in Little Rock, Arkansas was integrated, and President Eisenhower had to send in troops to protect the “Little Rock Nine,” or the nine African American students that were going to go to school there.

The Little Rock Nine: There originally were ten, but one female student decided to go to a local all-black school instead.

Little Rock Nine

In this picture we see Elizabeth Eckford, the first to try an integrate Little Rock, make her way to the school building. You can see the anger in the expressions of the whites behind her.

Elizabeth Eckford Elizabeth Eckford

Along with the army, many people from the city also showed up for the day when the group came to integrate the school. The “Little Rock Nine” were escorted and protected from the crowds by the army.

Crowds of People to see Integration at Little Rock

Girls Escorted by the Army

A Soldier Ready to Protect the Little Rock Nine

Little Rock Nine Escorted by the Army



  1. amg14 replied:

    wow what powerful pictures. Putting these pictures on a blog is a great way to make them available for students since you wouldn’t have time to show all of them during class!

  2. Bridgette Heap replied:

    As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and your pictures are very telling. Just becareful, I think a few are cut off. These visuals are a great tool to connect texts and help students comprend what they are reading in their textbook.

  3. Beth replied:

    These pictures are terrific. It is a great way to express what really happened during this time.

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