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Founded in 1995, the A. Philip Randolph Museum is the first and only museum in the country dedicated to African American labor history, beginning with the African American railroad workers.
APRPPM is not operated nor funded by a government agency. It is a self-funded african american labor history museum whose sole purpose and mission is to collect, interpret, and present to the public the imprtant contributions of /african Americans to America's labor history, through exhibitions, public programs and continuing research.
Exhibits show specific socisl events, and historical moments in an impressive history that includes A. Philip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Their legacy of organizing a union and beining a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement is undeniable.
A. Philip Randolph became a legend of the Civil Rights movement by threatening to march on Washington in 1941 to demand jobs for blacks in the defense industry. While currently the museum focus is primarily on the African American railroad worker, we are in the planning stages of expanding to highlight the significant contributions of African Americans in every area of labor.
The Porters made themselves an integral and indispensable part of the railroad industry. Theirs is a story about ordinary men who did extraordinary things. It is a story about American heroes who happen to be Black men. In opening this museum, Dr. Hughes was driven by their story of unity and struggle. Their ability to triumph made her appreciate those who have paved the way for blacks in labor and the civil rights movement.
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