While the Jim Crow laws that Martin Luther King Jr.and his colleagues fought against prior to their removal in 1965 were largely unique to the states of the former Confederate States of America, the discriminatory practices that they enforced were not isolated to the region. Nationwide, policies that were formally and informally enforced by private businesses as well as by patchworks of local, state, and federal governmental entities limited opportunities for Americans of color.In the Hagley’s home state of Delaware, just north and east of the Mason-Dixon line, activists for racial justice in the Wilmington Action Committee (WAC) used the famous Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 as an inspiration for an October, 1960 bus boycott intended to draw attention to discriminatory hiring practices at the Delaware Coach Company. The boycott was ended when the company entered into negotiations with the WAC a short time later, which culminated in a successful outcome for the protestors.The items above are from the Hagley Library’s Delaware Coach Company records (Accession 1685). The first two document the brief October 1960 boycott. The last is one of many signs belonging to the Delaware Coach Company and other transportation agencies; federal law mandated that these signs be displayed on all interstate buses in the U.S. after November 1, 1961 in accordance with the federal Interstate Commerce Commission’s order to end to segregation on interstate transportation and within transportation facilities. This order followed months of pressure for such legislation on the part of student Freedom Riders organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).