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In Philadelphia, black leaders meet with city transport companies to demand desegregation of their streetcars

William Still, detail
12/07/1864
A committee from the Social, Civil, and Statistical Association of the Colored People of Philadelphia, of which William Still was the corresponding secretary, met with the city's transport companies to urge them to emulate New York City and desegregate their services. Even black soldiers stationed at Camp William Penn, for example, were forced to walk back to camp.  A companies' survey of their white passengers convinced most to continue as they were. It was not until 1867 that state action forced desegregation of the city's transport.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Russell F. Weigley, "The Border City in Civil War, 1854-1865" in Russell Frank Weigley, Nicholas B. Wainwright, Edwin Wolf, et al, Philadelphia: A 300 Year History (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc, 1982), 415.
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 821

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