Calla Lily Profile

IDA B. WELLS-BARNETT: Women’s Rights Advocate, Journalist, and Speaker

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In 1884 she was asked by the conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company to give up her seat on the train to a white man and ordered her into the ‘smoking or Jim Crow’ car, which was already crowded with other passengers.

Despite the 1875 Civil Rights Act banning discrimination on the basis of race creed or colour, in theatres, hotels, transports and other public accommodations, several railroad companies defied this congressional mandate and racially segregated its passengers.