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"Today Jim Crowism obtains to some degree in every one of the Southern states. Separate sections in trolley cars and special coaches on trains are provided which Negroes must ride" - and this is the portion of the racist practice that Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell attempted to improve - knowing that the possibility of eradicating the scourge was not a possibility in 1937.

Pictured above is Arthur Wergs Mitchell (1883 1968), who served as the U.S. Representative for the 1st District of Illinois between the years 1935 through 1943.

     


Origin of the Term ''Jim Crow'' (Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)

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