This United States Federal Post Office Building symbolized and actualized the virtual racial segregation practiced on the mainland USA in those days. Panama Canal Zone white US rate residents received their mail in designated individual mail boxes located in the enclosed area on the right side of this building. Local rate residents received their mail by “General Delivery” from the postal clerk on duty only after all white U.S rate customers were attended to. Among the other sanctioned segregated buildings were the town commissary and railroad station with separated public drinking fountains as well as restrooms.
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