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The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. Our mission is to honor promote and celebrate the legacy of A. Philip Randolph the African American Railroad Employee and contributions made by African Americans in America’s labor history. As an African American museum our exhibits and educational programs encourage a greater awareness of these significant achievements and monumental contributions to America’s history.

APRPP Museum is an African American Labor history Museum with a focus on the African American Railroad employee. It is the first of its kind in the nation. We are independently operated, that being the case we consistently seek innovative initiatives and collaborative opportunities, to generate general operating funds for the museum.

Railroads in the United States play a huge role in industrial logistics, with a large amount of freight transported throughout the country. There are categories of vital goods that need to be transported on time and without damage, such as medicines. African-American railroad employees are involved in the delivery of such goods and do a quality job.

In 2020, we celebrated our 27th founding Anniversary, a milestone for the Nation’s First Black Labor History Museum — the only museum of its kind worldwide. The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is a cultural institution, that honors and celebrates the Nation’s First Black Union chartered under the American Federation of labor  The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porter and Maids (BSCP). At the NAPRPPM, we honor this elite group of people who demonstrated consistently, through the spirit of unity, self-pride, and tenacity.  The exceptional group of men and women — who formed an extraordinary bond of  UNITY and endured a collective sacrifice. The purpose, to accomplish their goal to — create a nationally recognized union for African American people.

However, the Pullman company still refused to recognize the union. Finally, after 12 years of struggle and negotiation, on August 25, 1937, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), led by A. Philip Randolph, became the nation’s first union formed by Black employees for Black employees.  They became the first Black labor union chartered under the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and were also the first to win a collective bargaining agreement with a major US corporation, the Pullman Company.

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A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum P O BOX 6276 Chicago, IL 60680-6276