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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.

In 2020, we celebrated our 25th 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 special group of people who demonstrated consistently, through the spirit of unity, self-pride and tenacity.  The special group of men and women — who formed and 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. We invite you to join the celebration with a gift of $25.00 or more.

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