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Black Workers In Philly Say Drinking Fountains, Bathrooms Segregated At City Facility

08/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It may be the ultimate indignity.

Lawrence "Lonnie" Powell, 58, a semiskilled laborer at the city's Northwest Transfer Station, in Roxborough, said that since he began working at the trash-handling plant in 2003 he has had to seek the superintendent's permission to go to the bathroom -- then descend five flights of stairs to use it.

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