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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, General Research and Reference Division. Reproduced with permission from the Board of Directors, The Good Life Center.

Scott Nearing, Black America (New York: The Vanguard Press, 1929)

Jim Crow Car to the North

The most common means of transportation to the North was the train. Also used were ferries from Norfolk, Virginia to New York and New England. Automobiles were just beginning to be made available to the masses in the early 1920s. A few lucky migrants came north by car. Others were able to take advantage of new businesses created because of the migration boom, such as moving companies.

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