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A post office closes over an historic exhibit showing signs for 'White' and 'Colored'

Added 08-17-22 05:07:02pm EST - “The U.S. Postal Service has closed a small Virginia post office over concerns about its location inside a historic train depot that also serves as a museum about racial segregation.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “A post office closes over an historic exhibit showing signs for 'White' and 'Colored'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Montpelier Station railroad depot was built in 1910. The U.S. Postal Service has closed the small Virginia post office over concerns about its location inside the depot, which also serves as a museum about racial segregation. Clint Schemmer/The Star-Exponent via AP hide caption

The Montpelier Station railroad depot was built in 1910. The U.S. Postal Service has closed the small Virginia post office over concerns about its location inside the depot, which also serves as a museum about racial segregation.

MONTPELIER STATION, Va. — The United States Postal Service has closed a small Virginia post office over agency management's concerns about its location inside a historic train depot that also serves as a museum about racial segregation.

In a statement this week addressing the closure, the USPS noted that the museum near former president James Madison's Montpelier estate has historical signage above two exterior doors, one labeled "White" and another labeled "Colored."

It added that "Postal Service management considered that some customers may associate the racially-based, segregated entrances with the current operations of the Post Office and thereby draw negative associations between those operations and the painful legacy of discrimination and segregation."

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