The African American community in 1900 was riddled with oppression thanks the recent 1898 Supreme Court Ruling “Plessy v. Fergusen” in which he supreme court declared segreation to be legal. The facilities must be “separate, but equal.” That was not the case. Despite these harsh Jim Crow laws, the African-American community was doing a great job of persevering and even thriving. Many African-American businesses came about to serve this separated community.

Many worked in the tobacco warehouses and factories of Richmond. See that kid there? This was a time before child labor laws.

Haki Kweli Shakur 5-4-52 ADM 2017 MOI / August Third Collective / NAPLA NAIM / Gabriel Prosserville District

The following photos are pictures of the offices of the Richmond Planet. The number one newspaper in the African-American community in Richmond in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. The editor was one of my personal favorite Richmonders, John Mitchell Jr. Him and his newspaper will be subject of a later post. Firebrand Publisher John Mitchell Jr. who was actually a City Alderman at one point, didn’t shy away from letting his thoughts on the Jim Crow segregation laws be known.

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