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Name: State Commission to Investigate Living Conditions of the Urban Colored Population - RG 552


Historical Note: The establishment of the State Commission to Investigate Living Conditions of the Urban Colored Population was approved by the General Assembly on July 1, 1939 (L. 1939, p. 286). The commission was composed of five state Senators, five state Representatives, and three appointees of the Governor, two of whom were to be "colored". Under the terms of the act the commission was to "inquire into the economic, cultural, health and living conditions of the urban colored population of the State," and to report to the General Assembly before March 1, 1941 with recommendations to improve these conditions. After a preliminary investigation the commission decided that the General Assembly would have to allow more time for the commission to complete its inquiries. Consequently the General Assembly appropriated additional funds which allowed the commission to operate until 1943 (L. 1941, vol. 1, p. 102).





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