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Thursday, July 22 • 9:45am - 10:45am
The Journey of Pullman Porters and the Rise of the Black Middle Class LIMITED

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When George Pullman hired former slaves to staff his "Palace" railroad sleeping cars, he would give rise to a socioeconomic advancement among African-Americans that ultimately led to a new black middle class. From the creation of the first African-American labor union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Pullman Porters and on-board railway workers led the way to a better life.


Melissa Johnson

Museum of the American Railroad

Bob LaPrelle

President & CEO, Museum of the American Railroad

Thursday July 22, 2021 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room B103