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  • December 6, 2023 - 31, 2030
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The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. Our mission is to honor promote and celebrate the legacy of A. Philip Randolph the African American Railroad Employee and contributions made by African Americans in America’s labor history. As an African American museum our exhibits and educational programs encourage a greater awareness of these significant achievements and monumental contributions to America’s history.

APRPP Museum is an African American Labor history Museum with a focus on the African American Railroad employee. It is the first of its kind in the nation. We are independently operated, that being the case we consistently seek innovative initiatives and collaborative opportunities, to generate general operating funds for the museum.

Railroads in the United States play a huge role in industrial logistics, with a large amount of freight transported throughout the country. There are categories of vital goods that need to be transported on time and without damage, such as medicines. African-American railroad employees are involved in the delivery of such goods and do a quality job.

In 2024, we celebrate our 29th founding Anniversary, a milestone for the Nation’s First Black Labor History Museum — the only museum of its kind worldwide. The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is a cultural institution, that honors and celebrates the Nation’s First Black Union chartered under the American Federation of labor  The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porter and Maids (BSCP). At the NAPRPPM, we honor this elite group of people who demonstrated consistently, through the spirit of unity, self-pride, and tenacity.  The exceptional group of men and women — who formed an extraordinary bond of  UNITY and endured a collective sacrifice. The purpose, to accomplish their goal to — create a nationally recognized union for African American people.

However, the Pullman company still refused to recognize the union. Finally, after 12 years of struggle and negotiation, on August 25, 1937, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), led by A. Philip Randolph, became the nation’s first union formed by Black employees for Black employees.  They became the first Black labor union chartered under the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and were also the first to win a collective bargaining agreement with a major US corporation, the Pullman Company.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate and amazing year, of our resilience with a gift of $29.00 or more.

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Dec 6, 2023 8:00 AM - Dec 31, 2030 11:30 PM

APR Pullman Porter Museum
The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. The facility is located in the Historic Pullman District in Chicago Illinois. On February 19, 2015 President Barack Obama designated the Historic Pullman district a National Monument that is now a part of the National Park Service. The museum is named after men who made history – Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters, the men who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union. Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the BSCP, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement. Under Randolph’s leadership, the Pullman Porters fought a valiant battle for employment equality with the corporate giant, the Pullman Rail Car Company.

Their pioneering efforts created the first bona-fide union for the African American worker. This victorious struggle in America’s early labor movement was also the doorway through which many civil rights gains were made.

The NAPRPPM  is locally recognized as a historic site and is a unique addition to the tourism sites of the Pullman community of Chicago, Illinois. The Museum is also nationally recognized as a valuable and unique African-American museum. The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter museum pays tribute to one of the most influential African-American leaders in history. A. Philip Randolph redefined American labor, American democracy, and American society, during a time when it was unsafe and unpopular. Randolph demanded that African-American people be fully and equally included in American society. A. Philip Randolph was an articulate, intelligent, and fair leader who devoted decades of his life to his vision of a more moral and civilized American society. A Philip Randolph was a great man, a great humanitarian, and a great American.