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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cabs for "Colored Patrons" Only

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:52 PM

I seem to be on a taxicab kick lately, but that's only because I stumbled across a nice collection of old advertisements in the back of a 1949 city directory.

It's hard to believe that there was a time in our city when whites rode only in "white" cabs, and African-American citizens could only ride in "colored" taxis, but here's the proof. A nice ad for the Nu-Way Taxi Company, which advertised "24-Hour Service for Colored Patrons." My oh my.

I can't say how long Nu-Way remained in business, but today the site of the cab company on Porter is occupied by New Mt. Olive Baptist Church.


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