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Description:

Whites only picnic area - Shenandoah National Park. Shenandoah National Park opened in 1935 as one of the first National Parks (along with Great Smokey Mountain and Mammoth Caves) in the American South. Segregation was a contentious issue from the first. National Parks in the rest of the nation were not segregated, so Black visitors to Shenandoah were dismayed to see whites only signs like this one when they entered the park.


Date:

Late 1930s

Creator:

Melanie Tenorio

Subject

Segregation in Shenandoah National Park

Contributor

None recorded.

Format

None recorded.

Source:

National Park Service Website, Shenandoah National Park
https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/historyculture/segregation.htm

Rights

None recorded.

Citation

Melanie Tenorio, “Whites Only Picnic Area - Shenandoah National Park,” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed September 20, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/104.
Elk Wallow White only picnic area.jpg