Re: Was combine # 15 a 'Jim Crow' car?
This is kind of an OCD linguisticss debate now -
I would not consider a railroad car itself to be a 'Jim Crow' car unless there was a partition creating two separate (but equal) passenger seating areas within the same car. This was NOT the case with Tweetsie #15.
As Johnny suggests, the passenger section of #15 was perhaps used to seat black passengers along with an adjoining partitioned section in coach #16 on the pre-depression passenger trains. By the end of regular passenger train service (the war era trains notwithstanding), what white passengers there were rode in the passenger compartment of #15.
So...... I'd suggest that at various times #15 carried white passengers and at various times #15 carried black passengers. The car was intended to carry passengers in one passenger compartment, mail, and baggage. Trying to describe #15 primarily as a 'Jim Crow' is an example of revisionist history, quite possible by someone with some sort of slanted agenda.
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