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[c.1940s Girl Scouts in San Leandro, CA]

[c.1940s Girl Scouts in San Leandro, CA]


c.1940s. 8 x 10 in. b&w photograph. Some stains on left hand side of photo, with another stripe (likely from photo emulsion) through the center.

Photo depicts Girl Scout troop leader Vi Moffett with two girl scouts, one caucasian, one African-American, in San Leandro, CA. Likely 1940s, based on uniforms.

San Leandro was one of the most segregated parts of the Bay Area. The city had restrictive covenants preventing property sales to African-Americans until these were outlawed in 1948. The Girl Scouts as an organization began to desegregate in the 1950s. The organization was cited by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech as a "force for desegregation."

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