|Nevada Government & Politics|
|World War II & Post-War|
The exception to segregation was the Moulin Rouge in West Las Vegas. Opened in May 1955, it was Las Vegas's first interracial resort. African-Americans were not only guests, but also occupied key positions in the resort. African-Americans worked as dealers, security guards, and cocktail waitresses--positions denied to them elsewhere.
in the elegant showroom rivaled the best anywhere. From an integration
standpoint, the new resort was a fabulous success, yet the Moulin Rouge
closed after only five months in business. However, in March 1960 another
step forward for civil rights in Nevada was made at the Moulin Rouge.
A series of meetings involving political figures, law enforcement officers,
and representatives of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People was held in the dining room of the once glamorous hotel.
As a result of these meetings, agreement was reached that led to the lowering
of racial barriers at downtown and Strip resorts.
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