Mississippi's segregationist ways cost Jackson federal money it was going to use for airport construction. Jackson Daily News and State-Times May 4, 1956 articles report that the Commercial Aviation Administration* implemented a new policy that cut federal funding for airports that had segregated facilities.
Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (NY) had pressed the CAA to adopt the new policy. However, Jackson dodged a bullet as the planned federal funding for Hawkins Field improvements was cut from $40,000 to $35,000. The new policy stated that the recipient must agree not to use the funds to build "segregated facilities".
However, the Jackson Daily News article provides a window into the racist past. It reported
Capt. Turner (Manager of Jackson Municipal Airport) said the Airport Commission had requested $40,000 from the federal government and that the government had knocked off $5,000 partly because of the CAA race policy.Kingfish note: This set of news articles turned up in my research on the Jackson municipal airport. No articles of a similar nature have been found regarding federal funds and segregation at the airport in Rankin County. The CAA provided $1.5 million to the construction of the new airport. It isn't known if the new new airport practiced segregationist policies. However, the Jackson Airport Commission could have spent the federal money on other parts of the project and used its own money to build facilities that were indeed segregated.
Although Capt. Turner said the airport terminal has always been segregated, part of the improvements money is to be spent on two new rest rooms which will be segregated. The terminal has no colored rest rooms at this time.
"We don't have many colored passengers" Capt. Turner said.
*forerunner to FAA
Earlier posts on history of Jackson municipal airport
The airport opens
How the airport was won.
The new airport's master plan.
Why is the Jackson airport in Rankin County?
Why Jackson built a new airport.
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