Navigating segregation: African-American tourists in upstate New York

It may be a surprise to some to learn that stringent segregation practices for travelers occurred not only in the South, but also in the North. While there may not have been any “Whites Only” signs, in the North “it was de facto segregation; it was understood African Americans were not welcome at mainstream white-owned resorts,” said Dr. Gretchen Sorin, a museum consultant and director and distinguished professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. “They had their own places. In between, they had to transverse these white spaces, where they were not welcome . . .

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