As the valley populated with people and businesses. Interesting industry ideas developed in the small oasis and gaming came along. With it, more people and businesses. The area grew and prospered but things were not always equal in Las Vegas in terms of access to entertainment venues, property ownership and business opportunities.
While Las Vegas drew people to the lights and the action of the casinos, African Americans were excluded from participating in the industry they worked in and helped build. While able to make a living in businesses and casinos.
Africans Americans were excluded from entering into casino front doors as patrons or reserving hotel rooms, eating in restaurants, or using the swimming pools. After working in the establishments, employees were escorted out of the back door and the returned across the rail road tracks home, whether they were head lining entertainers or not.