African-American porter on platform, Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1940

Title

African-American porter on platform, Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1940

Subject

Pennsylvania Railroad, Broad Street Station

Description

African-American porters made their living as uniformed train workers, carrying the luggage of first-class passengers who traveled on Pullman rail cars. This steady work facilitated upward social mobility for thousands of African Americans. Perhaps, the opportunity benefited the photographed man who worked at Broad Street Station.

Creator

The Philadelphia Record

Source

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Publisher

WCU HIS 601/ HON 452 Great Migration and Digital Storytelling

Date

c. 1940

Contributor

Amanda Tuttle and Kristen Waltz, Dante Silicato

Rights

HSP: of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Format

JPG

Type

Still Image

Original Format

Photo

Files



Citation

The Philadelphia Record, “African-American porter on platform, Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1940,” Goin' North, accessed February 5, 2023, https://goinnorth.org/items/show/445.