From the 14 June 1902 issue of The New York Times.


Daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee Insisted on Remaining in Colored Section of Street Car.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 13.—An arrest that caused considerable excitement occurred shortly after 7 o’clock to-night, when Miss Mary Curtis Lee, daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee, was taken into custody charged with violating the law affecting the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway, which provides for the separation of white and colored passengers.

Miss Lee was arrested on complaint of Conductor Thomas Chauncey and was escorted to Police Headquarters, where, after telling her story, she was released on her personal bonds for appearance in court to-morrow, should the railroad company decide to prosecute the case.

Miss Lee boarded the car at Washington, D.C., and without realizing it had taken a seat in the portion reserved for colored people. She was comfortably seated and, being incumbered with several bundles, declined to move to the forward part of the car, although the conductor explained the law on the subject to her.