On April 11, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson received Postmaster General Albert Burleson’s plan to segregate the Railway Mail Service. Burleson reported that he found it “intolerable” that white and black employees had to work together and share drinking glasses and washrooms. This sentiment was shared by others in Wilson’s administration.
By the end of 1913, black employees in several federal departments had been relegated to segregated work areas, lavatories, and lunchrooms, and were appointed to menial positions or jobs slated for elimination.
President Wilson defended racial segregation in his administration as in the best interest of blacks.
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