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#OnThisDay | Today marks the 61st anniversary of NAACP Lancaster, PA's protest for fair employment in downtown Lancaster. On Saturday, July 20, 1963, the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP and their supporters carried signs in front of the Watt & Shand and Hager's Department stores advocating for the end of racial discrimination in the hiring process at the stores. For two years, representatives for NAACP Lancaster met with staff at the department stores to discuss their refusal to hire African Americans as sales personnel. However, these meetings were not fruitful and, on July 20, more than 70 protesters marched outside the stores with signs that read "Segregated Jobs" and "If We Buy Why Not Sell?" A second demonstration was held on Tuesday, July 23. Stay tuned as we continue to discuss the July 23rd demonstration and the subsequent aftermath of these protests next week.

📸 General Collection, LancasterHistory
📑 Information from "The Lancaster Branch of NAACP Celebration 100 Years, 1923-2023" by Rosemary T. Krill from "The Journal of Lancaster County's Historical Society," v. 124, n. 2.
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This is one of the few photos that pop up of Lancaster’s history that I’ve never seen before. Such a powerful image, and within my lifetime.

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#OnThisDay | Today marks the 61st anniversary of @lancaster_naacp's protest for fair employment in downtown Lancaster. On Saturday, July 20, 1963, the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP and their supporters carried signs in front of the Watt & Shand and Hager's Department stores advocating for the end of racial discrimination in the hiring process at the stores. For two years, representatives for NAACP Lancaster met with staff at the department stores to discuss their refusal to hire African Americans as sales personnel. However, these meetings were not fruitful and, on July 20, more than 70 protesters marched outside the stores with signs that read "Segregated Jobs" and "If We Buy Why Not Sell?" A second demonstration was held on Tuesday, July 23. Stay tuned as we continue to discuss the July 23rd demonstration and the subsequent aftermath of these protests next week. 
 
📸 General Collection, LancasterHistory 
📑 Information from "The Lancaster Branch of NAACP Celebration 100 Years, 1923-2023" by Rosemary T. Krill from "The Journal of Lancaster County's Historical Society," v. 124, n. 2.

#NAACPLancaster #NAACP #Watt&Shand #Hagers #LancasterPA #LancasterHistory

#OnThisDay | Today marks the 61st anniversary of @lancaster_naacp`s protest for fair employment in downtown Lancaster. On Saturday, July 20, 1963, the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP and their supporters carried signs in front of the Watt & Shand and Hager`s Department stores advocating for the end of racial discrimination in the hiring process at the stores. For two years, representatives for NAACP Lancaster met with staff at the department stores to discuss their refusal to hire African Americans as sales personnel. However, these meetings were not fruitful and, on July 20, more than 70 protesters marched outside the stores with signs that read "Segregated Jobs" and "If We Buy Why Not Sell?" A second demonstration was held on Tuesday, July 23. Stay tuned as we continue to discuss the July 23rd demonstration and the subsequent aftermath of these protests next week.

📸 General Collection, LancasterHistory
📑 Information from "The Lancaster Branch of NAACP Celebration 100 Years, 1923-2023" by Rosemary T. Krill from "The Journal of Lancaster County`s Historical Society," v. 124, n. 2.

#NAACPLancaster #NAACP #Watt&Shand #Hagers #LancasterPA #LancasterHistory
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