Some blacks were insulted by the fair Board’s decision, especially after they announced that 2,000 watermelons would be brought in for Colored American Day. Among those disappointed was protest organizer, Ida B. Wells.
The World’s Columbian Exposition was originally composed to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in 1492. The grounds covered over 600 acres. Over 27 million people attended the fair over the six-month period with only 2,500 people in attendance for Colored American Day.