The history of segregation in Alabama in the pictures of Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks is the first African American author and photographer of LIFE magazine, the first African American to publish in Vogue, and the first African American to direct a popular Hollywood film. In 1956, while still working at LIFE magazine, Gordon visited Alabama, where he took pictures for one of the most important and influential photo projects of his entire career - the Segregation Story (“History of Segregation”).
Parks made for the project more than 50 photos, but only 20 of them were eventually published in the magazine LIFE. It was believed that the rest of the films were lost, but in 2011, 5 years after the death of Gordon, they were accidentally discovered.
The photo shows a sign with the inscription Colored entrance ("Entrance for the colored"). The policy of segregation implied the separation of the white population of the United States from other ethnic groups: the delimitation of landing zones in public transport, separate education in schools, and so on, to the extent that it was forbidden for blacks to swim in the part of the lake that was meant for bathing whites.