Signs like these were prevalent and common in the South. Remember - this racial segregation occurred only 50 years ago - it is still very recent in our History.
Slavery was abolished during Lincoln's administration - but the Civil Rights Movement did not advance until the 1950's. We tend to forget America's Shameful past.
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"Racism was more than just condoned, but an everyday reality. Segregated schools, buses, lunch counters and even drinking fountains were disturbingly commonplace, often enforcable by law."
It is January 2008.
Martin Luther's King's Day is January 21 of this month.