Black History Month
at the Milam County Railroad Museum
Building the Civil Rights Movement on the Backs of the Pullman Porters
A Black History Exhibit and Program at the Milam County Railroad Museum
"Just a few years after the Civil War, the Chicago businessman George M. Pullman
began hiring thousands of African American men—including many former slaves—to
serve white passengers traveling across the country on his company’s luxury railroad
While they were underpaid and overworked and endured constant racism on the job,
the Pullman porters would eventually help fuel the Great Migration, shape a new Black
middle class and launch the civil rights movement." (History.com)
The Milam County Railroad Museum will be featuring an exhibit and program about the
work of A. Phillip Randolph and the first Afro-American labor union, the Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters. These are the men and women that began the Civil Rights
Movement by fighting for higher pay and better working conditions for Afro-American
workers. The museum will also highlight The March on Washington
Movement (MOWM), 1941–1946.
The public is invited to visit the museum weekly during the month of February on
Wednesday through Saturday from 10 until 4PM to enjoy the exhibit. The program will
take place on Saturday, February 17 th at 10AM in the John and Frances Johnson
Classroom located in the Milam County Railroad Museum. The program will begin with
background information by Museum Director Jamie Larson followed by a forty-five-
minute video entitled “Rising from the Rails”. The video highlight interviews with Pullman
Porters and important Afro-American leaders that influenced the Civil Rights Movement
in the 60’s.
We hope this exhibit and program will create a better understanding of the life and
importance of the Pullman Porters, A. Phillip Randolph, and the hard and brave work by
Afro-Americans to secure equality, a struggle that is not yet won.
For more information:
Museum office: 254-697-7055
The Milam County Railroad Museum is a gem of a museum! It is by far the most visited site in Milam County so, if you have not been in to see the latest, then come on in!
What are you waiting for?
A. Phillip Randolph