Considering the level of segregation and the Jim Crow laws that existed, I asked Thomas Davis what difficulties he faced as a black veteran returning from war. I was surprised by his response, "Oh, things were much better after the war, much better." When I asked him to explain what he meant, he said, "Well, now, when you'd go into a restaurant...they'd serve you."
Interview by Eric and Jane Lawson. I wish there had been more of it, though I guess the interview taking place because of Mr. Davis' 105th birthday meant they weren't going to question him for hours and hours.