Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.

These are beautiful as they are jarring in their reminder of what the world used to be like for people of color. 1950 was 63 years ago, and yet while it’s another world now, there are some things that will always stand out against the distance of time.