Inside the History of the Pullman Porters, Black Train Attendants Who Laid Tracks for Progress

FROM THE TIME I was born, all I knew was the train station,” my 87-year-old godmother—I call her Nana—told me over the phone. We were swapping train stories. I had recently taken a 52-hour train ride from Chicago to San Francisco on Amtrak’s California Zephyr. The trip was exhilarating. I told her about my experience of staying in a roomette, eating in the dining carriage, and riding in the observation car through the Rocky Mountains. But my Nana remembers train travel differently.

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