Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of Alabama's Airports

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
4:00 PM
RBD Library Caroline Marshall Draughon Lecture Room
Free and open to the public.

Professor Dr. Anke Ortlepp (University of Cologne, Germany) will deliver a public lecture on the history of airport desegregation in Alabama. Until the early 1960s, many airports across the American South were racially segregated including airports in Alabama. Birmingham Municipal Airport and Dannelly Field in Montgomery featured duplicate facilities like waiting rooms, restrooms, and drinking fountains at their passenger terminals. This talk will explore the connections between Jim Crow airport design and rising numbers of black air travelers in the postwar period. It will also investigate strategies of resistance against segregated landscapes of aviation that included non-violent direct action and litigation. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Benjamin Fagan at fagan@auburn.edu

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Benjamin Fagan
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