Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Narrative images: Bacon and eggs

Elvis Presley is waiting for his bacon and eggs at a segregated lunch counter in Tennessee sometime in 1956. A woman is waiting for her sandwich - standing. She is not permitted to sit.

In 1962, the desegregation of 29 department store restaurants in Tennessee were tested, many of them were still refusing service to black customers. Tennessee law allowed restaurants and hotels to exclude persons "for any reason whatsoever" (Lovett, 2005).

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- Lovett, B. L. (2005). The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee. A Narrative History. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press
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