Jim Crow Laws in Oklahoma

Oklahoman Published: February 13, 2005
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1908: Miscegenation. (Statute). Unlawful for a person of African descent to marry any person not of African descent. Penalty: Felony punishable by a fine of up to $500 and imprisonment from one to five years in the penitentiary.

1915: Public accommodations. (Statute). Required telephone companies to maintain separate booths for white and colored patrons.

1921: Miscegenation. (Statute). Prohibited marriage between Indians and Negroes.

1921: Education. (Statute). Misdemeanor for a teacher to teach white and colored children in the same school. Penalty: Cancellation of teaching certificate without renewal for one year.

1921: Public accommodations. (Statute). Required maintenance of separate accommodations for colored persons in public libraries in cities with a Negro population of 1,000 or more.

1925: Entertainment. (City Ordinance). Black bands were prohibited from marching with white bands in Oklahoma City parades. Also, white Golden Gloves boxers were prohibited from sparring against black boxers.

1937: Public carriers. (Statute). Public carriers to be segregated.

1949: Health Care. (Statute). Called for a consolidated Negro institution to care for blind, deaf and orphans.

1954: Public accommodations. (Statute). Separate rest rooms in mines required.

1955: Miscegenation. (Statute). Marriage of anyone of African descent to one who is white prohibited. Penalty: Up to $500 and one to five years imprisonment.

1957: Adoption. (Statute). Adoption petitions must state race of petitioner and child.

Source: www.jimcrowhistory.org

Archive ID: 2259201

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