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Pullman Porter

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the nation’s first powerful African-American labor union, laid the foundations for the black ­middle class, helped bankroll the civil rights movement, and developed a network for delivering the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper nationwide. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL SIZE, START SLIDE SHOW.

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters advocated for the rights of the people under caps, working-class people who challenged the authority of corporate elites and white railroad unions, which excluded blacks. Enlarge The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters advocated for the rights of the people under caps, working-class people who challenged ...
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A photograph of a group of Pullman porters is on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh as part of the exhibit Enlarge A photograph of a group of Pullman porters is on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh as part ...
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Two members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters carry luggage from a sleeping car in this 1946 photo. Enlarge Two members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters carry luggage from a sleeping car in this 1946 photo.
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Three members of the union's Pennsylvania Railroad group. Joseph Trotter, professor and chairman of the history department at Carnegie-Mellon University, said riding the rails gave porters opportunities to become well-traveled and educated. Enlarge Three members of the union's Pennsylvania Railroad group. Joseph Trotter, professor and chairman of the history department at Carnegie-Mellon ...
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Harold Hayes, a Pittsburgh television reporter, looks through a book filled with photographs of Pullman porters. Hayes' grandfather, Thomas Burrell, worked as a Pullman porter for 42 years. Enlarge Harold Hayes, a Pittsburgh television reporter, looks through a book filled with photographs of Pullman porters. Hayes' grandfather, Thomas Burrell,...
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A Pullman porter uniform on display at the Heinz History Center. Enlarge A Pullman porter uniform on display at the Heinz History Center.
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An unidentified porter under the Pullman cap of Enlarge An unidentified porter under the Pullman cap of "No.62" carries bags at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in downtown Pittsburgh ...
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A. Philip Randolph, left, stands with the Rev. Charles Owen Rice outside the Civic Arena for a Sept. 4, 1967, Labor Day celebration honoring Randolph, who waged a 12-year battle to organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Enlarge A. Philip Randolph, left, stands with the Rev. Charles Owen Rice outside the Civic Arena for a Sept. 4, 1967,...
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Pennsylvania Railroad Station porter Forrest Waters Sr., wearing badge No.15, holds a suitcase next to a man playing the trumpet. The photo was taken by Charles Enlarge Pennsylvania Railroad Station porter Forrest Waters Sr., wearing badge No.15, holds a suitcase next to a man playing the ...
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