Years ago I spoke with some people who were members of a church in either Georgia or Florida. They told me that they had heard that during segregation their church had had a red thread or cord that separated the main meeting room, for the reasons of racial segregation.
I wanted to look into this to determine what the underlying reason for this thread had been (if it was in place because of law or public sentiment or some other reason).
So I have two questions I wanted to ask:
- During the era of racial segregation in USA, were churches obligated to stay segregated?
- (If answer to #1 is "yes") From early 1900's until segregation was abolished by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, were there any specific requirements on how churches should implement segregation?