These Horrifying Photos Taken in the Jim Crow South Will Turn Your Stomach

Demonstrators staging a sit-in at a drugstore lunch counter in Arlington, Virginia, are picketed by members of the American Nazi Party in 1960. Getty Images
A man waves a Confederate flag before a group of demonstrators in front of an Indianapolis hotel where then-Gov. George Wallace of Alabama was staying on April 14, 1964. AP
Klansmen form a circle around a burning cross at a rally in Albany, Georgia, which an estimated 3,000 persons attended in 1962. Bettmann Archives
Rev. Ralph Abernathy (left) and Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker inspect the wreckage of the Negro Shady Grove Baptist Church in Leesburg, Georgia, after the structure was demolished in a fire believed touched off by an explosion on Aug. 15, 1962. Bettmann Archives
Civil rights activists trying to stage a protest are blocked by National Guardsmen brandishing bayonets on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, 1968. Getty Images
Signs such as Colored Waiting Room constantly reminded travelers of the enforced racial order. Library of Congress
Sign at a Greyhound Bus Station in Rome, GA. Library of Congress
A family drinking at a colored drinking fountain in Alabama. CBS
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. CBS
“At a bus station. Professor Thornton comes face-to-face with segregation, which he accepts passively but with hurt pride. On long trips he sometimes dodges the problem by taking a more expensive but un-segregated plane. His salary as a professor is $6,600 a year and he could live quite comfortably were it not for his determination to put his own three children through college. Because their ages are such that they can go through one at a time, he thinks he can do it.”  Gordon Parks/Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation
Airline Terminal, Atlanta, Georgia, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Mobile, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
The photo shows a mailman wearing a pith helmet reading the mail to an illiterate couple. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Combination grocery and beauty parlor is the recreation center for the Tanner children. The Gordon Parks Foundation
The young girls can be seen looking at white families using the playground in Mobile, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
The photo shows a segregated Dairy Queen, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Young Causeys, Jeff (left) and S.L., go fishing in Turkey Creek. Even though their stepmother is a schoolteacher, they almost never read and their general knowledge is as low as that of other children in the community. Shady Grove, Alabama. CBS
Black Classroom, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Children at Play, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation
Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956. The Gordon Parks Foundation