Drawing upon the Newberry’s extensive Pullman Company archives, scholar Miriam Thaggert will discuss African-American women and railroad travel in the United States. Thaggert focuses on the relatively overlooked story of the black women who worked for Pullman as maids and female attendants. For these women, laboring in the interior of a railroad car was, at times, better than other employment opportunities. But Pullman maids couldn’t escape gender and racial discrimination on the rails.
This free public lecture is organized in conjunction with the Newberry’s current exhibition, “Civil War to Civil Rights,” open through April 2.