Martin Luther King Day and that Statue at Back Bay

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Martin Luther King Day and that Statue at Back Bay

Postby JPoland » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:20 am

Instresting since Amtrak killed the Sleeping Car Porters Union which was a black run and dominated union
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Re: Martin Luther King Day and that Statue at Back Bay

Postby TomNelligan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:14 pm

For the benefit of those who are not familiar with Boston's Back Bay Station, this statue honors A. Philip Randolph, who founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925. The location was selected because Boston's South End neighborhood, which begins a couple blocks from here, was the home of many Pullman porters and other African-American railroad employees in the early 20th century.
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Re: Martin Luther King Day and that Statue at Back Bay

Postby BigUglyCat » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:01 pm

Saw photo only on MBTA forum, realized it couldn't be MLK. Thanks to the gentlemen here for the ID, I wondered if it was Christopher Plummer! And why?
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Re: Martin Luther King Day and that Statue at Back Bay

Postby JPoland » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:35 pm

I see the resemblance with Cris Plumber
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Re: Martin Luther King Day and that Statue at Back Bay

Postby Arlington » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:13 pm

JPoland wrote:Instresting since Amtrak killed the Sleeping Car Porters Union which was a black run and dominated union

He's also got a statue at Washington Union Station:
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It does not strike me as fair to say that Amtrak killed what Randolph built. 80% of "the killing" of the union happened between the 1940s and 1960s as the number of porters working runs fell from a high of 15,000 to 3,000 in that time.

I suspect that somewhere near 1969 (When Pullman turned things over to the railroads) and probably before A-day, membership could have already been down to 2,000 or even 1,500...90% gone before Amtrak even takes full possession of all sleepers (as from Southern RR).

1940s 15,000 BSCP members
1960s 3,000 BSCP members
1969 Pullman turns sleeper biz over to railroads
1978 (merger into TCU)
1984 Reorg of TCU's "Amtrak Division" having 1500 total on-board services
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