Friday, August 22, 2008

Equality for Colored Persons.

New York, 1895

Governor Morton has signed Assemblyman Malby's bill to provide perfect equality for colored persons. The law not only makes it a misdemeanor to discriminate against colored persons in the matter of service at hotels, restaurants, theatres, and Turkish baths, but permits the complainant to recover from $100 to $500 from the offender. Not only the hotel waiter is liable, but the proprietor if he directs the waiter to make the discrimination. The bill provides that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state shall be entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of inns, restaurants, hotels, eating houses, bath houses, barber shops, theatres, music halls, public conveyances on land and water, and all other places of public accommodation or amusement, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all citizens.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 21, 1895, p. 4.

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