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A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum


A fascinating complement to the Pullman National Monument, this Chicago museum is dedicated to the inspiring history of Black labor in the United States.

The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. The facility is located on the north end of the Pullman National Monument in the Historic Pullman District in Chicago Illinois. It is the first Black labor history museum in the Nation. The facility is named after men who made history — not just the history of Black labor, but American history — as visitors learn of their contributions to the modern day Civil Rights movement.

A. Philip Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, (BSCP), the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement.  Under Randolph's leadership, the Pullman Porters fought a valiant battle for employment equality with the corporate giant, the Pullman Rail Car Company. The powerful imagery and the inspiring interpretation of this important component of Pullman’s history, make the site a must-see stop at the Monument.

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