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Thomas Rice, a white entertainer, invented the minstrel character "Jim Crow" in 1828. The name would become famous later through "Jim Crow Laws" that were implemented to enforce segregation and forbid miscegenation (sexual relations between a black man and white woman) in the decades of white terror against blacks that followed Reconstruction and prevailed until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.