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Pullman Porter Museum launches online registry of black railroad laborers

Pullman Porter Museum launches online registry of black railroad laborers

Theodore Berrien worked as a Pullman porter from about 1940 to 1969, during which time he was chosen to accompany President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral train on its route between Georgia and Washington, D.C.

"He spoke of how kind Mrs. Roosevelt was and thanked him for his services during the trip," his grandson recalled in a new searchable online registry of African-American railroad laborers.

This entry — and thousands of others — have been recorded in the registry that will be launched by the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, with help from DePaul University, this week. Descendants and scholars will be able to preserve oral histories...

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