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Texas State students from Keith Needham's University Seminar (US 1100) class assemble at the statue of LBJ and reflect on the historical significance of the 2014-2015 Common Experience theme, "Exploring Democracy's Promise: From Segregation to Integration." (Photo by Keith Needham)

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From the early- to mid-20th century Jim Crow Era, the above signs were retrieved from a burn pile in a residential neighborhood in Austin, Texas, in the mid-1980s. According to the owner of the home from which they were salvaged, the signs were removed from the Santa Fe Railroad Station in Lubbock, Texas, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. They are on loan to Texas State for one year from the memorabilia collection of English Department senior lecturer Keith Needham in celebration of this year’s Common Experience theme, "Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration."

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