Glenn refers to a few models of wrongs corrected in the mid 1920s through the mediation of Gainey and Henderson, including the reestablishment of Henry T. Ellington, a dark railroad mail agent in Alabama who had been let go in 1916 subsequent to being dishonestly blamed for misappropriation. Likewise, some railroad mail agents who had been subjectively reassigned to isolated dark groups on inaccessible keeps running amid the Burleson years were permitted to exchange back to their unique runs, closer to home.


Harry S. New, Postmaster General from 1923 to 1929, guaranteed that government employing would be partially blind, yet it was anything but a guarantee he could keep. Despite the fact that the Postmaster General expressed the standards, standards were tried – or not – by nearby postmasters. Racial separation endured in both the procuring and advancing of specialists, even in the country’s capital. In spite of the fact that the extent of African Americans working at the Washington, D.C., Post Office in 1928 was on a standard with their portrayal in the overall public, they were over-spoken to in lower-level positions, with around 85 percent functioning as workers and guards, and just around 15 percent in the higher-paying administrative power.

In 1930 in Chicago, African Americans involved around 70 percent of the Post Office workers, 28 percent of the agents, and 16 percent of the letter transporters, however just 5 percent of the foremen. Southern Post Offices, then, had a more terrible record of segregation. In the mid-1930s, 80 percent of the letter bearers in Memphis and 75 percent of the letter transporters in Houston were dark, yet there were no dark postal representatives in either city. Some southern Post Offices disregarded dark candidates completely.

Detail of a photo of a gathering of formally dressed letter bearers, both high contrast, presenting with mail bags in 1926.

Letter Carriers, 1926

In the primary portion of the twentieth century a few postmasters contracted African Americans as letter transporters however declined to employ them as assistants.