Did Katherine Really Have to Run Half a Mile to the Bathroom?
Not at all. The bathrooms at Langley were, indeed, segregated, but they had no signs stating so. Because the restrooms were unmarked, Johnson used the white restroom every day without realising that she had done so. Jackson, however, worked with the engineers in the East Side building where there were no coloured restrooms. While she didn't have to sprint across campus every day, it did take her a few times to find a bathroom that she was allowed to use, and it wasn't nearby.