The civil rights legacy behind one of Illinois’ new national parks
Pullman National Historical Park can be found in the South Side of Chicago. Built in the 1880s, it was the first planned industrial community in the country. For many years, it’s where the famous Pullman sleeping cars were made, and the Pullman strike that broke out there in 1894 marked a key moment in the history of labor movements in the U-S. The experiences of the area’s Black communities – especially the thousands of men hired over the years as Pullman porters – are also part of that history, and of the history of the civil rights movement. The area was designated as a national monument in 2015 and late last year, President Biden signed legislation redesignating it as a national park.
To talk about the area and its legacy, The 21st was joined by the assistant superintendent of the park and a regional director of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Assistant Superintendent, Pullman National Historical Park
Midwest Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association
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