Little Known Black History Fact: Arcola Philpott

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With the help of Reverend Clayton Russell and the Los Angeles Negro Victory Comittee, the AFL-CIO, the NAACP, and the Fair Employment Practices Commission, black streetcar motormen were on the rise.  Only weeks after Philpott was hired, LA Railway hired additional black motormen: Louis S. Bernard, Hoyt A. Brown, Percy B. Hill, Roosevelt Mills, Butler James Mitchell, W.B. Jones, E.M. Morris, W.S.A. Weary and James Womack.

The streetcar railway company was soon sold to the L.A. Transit Lines Company, making way for the increasing number of bus lines in 1945.

Arcola Philpott returned to Chicago and worked as a licensed nurse, a journalist for the Pittsburgh Courier and at the Museum of Science and Industry. She passed away on May 14, 1991.

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