Little Known Black History Fact: First Arrivals of the Smithsonian National African-American History Museum

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    The historic Smithsonian National African-American History Museum has received its first arrivals that will be on display for all to see at its grand opening in 2015.

    First to arrive is a segregated Southern Railway car from the Pullman company, which existed in the 1920’s. The car holds original signs that read ‘Colored’ or ‘White’ signifying the Jim Crow laws of the system. Serving routes of the South, the 80-ton car had to be transferred into the museum before its completion because of its size. The railway cars provided jobs for the men of the first black union in America: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

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