National Train Day is approaching on May 9, 2009. Amtrak would like to honor the Pullman Porters who as a part of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters merged with TCU in 1978. The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, laid the groundwork for the American Civil Rights movement.
This legacy is a proud part of TCU history, a legacy that Amtrak wishes to honor. If you are one of the proud remaining Pullman Porters or you know someone who was, contact Saunya Connelly of Amtrak at (202) 906-4164 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, telephone number, mailing address, age, years of railroad service, and routes if known. The deadline for response is April 14. The ceremony honoring the porters is scheduled to take place during the celebration of National Train Day, on May 9, at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
For more information on the Pullman Porters please visit the A. Philip Randolph Museum website at http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/.
Posted April 6, 2009