National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
10406 South Maryland Avenue, CHICAGO, IL 60628 - United States
The National APR Pullman Porter Museum, is located in the National Park Service-Pullman National Monument. Not only is the museum about history, it’s founding also made history. Founded by an African American female with private funds, it is the only one of its kind world-wide. NAPRPPM is the first Black Labor History museum, in the United States, that exclusively tells the story of the Pullman Porters, The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters labor union, and A. Philip Randolph Its founder. Tucked away on a quiet corner at the north end of Pullman National monument, don’t let the unassuming exterior keep you from missing this black heritage treasure. The museum presents, and interprets content intended to educate the public-on the impact the union had on organized labor, and on America’s modern day civil rights movement.
The exhibits chronicle the formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; the first Black labor union in the United States chartered under the American Federation of Labor. Exhibits depict important activities on their amazing JOURNEY OF UNITY that ended with the victory of becoming the first Black labor union in the United States, to sign a collective bargaining agreement with a major US corporation the powerful Pullman Company.
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