Many returning to Florence after World War II saw clearly, possibly for the first time, a great injustice in their own community...segregation.
Brown versus Board of Education" changed race relations in America forever, as the United States Supreme Court struck down the country's separate-but-equal mentality.
A mayor's human relations committee was established in the mid-1960s. The mayor appointed a committee of ten whites and ten blacks to meet.
As the '60s waned, racial discrimination in Florence was by no means a thing of the past, but the situation was greatly improved.