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African Americans on the B&O Railroad

Feb 9, 2017

African-American inventor Elijah McCoy patented a device in 1872 to regulate the flow of oil to locomotive cylinders and pistons.

Courtney Wilson, director of the B&O Railroad Museum tells us about an exhibit about the jobs available to black Americans during the railway’s heyday. Stable jobs like porter and cook paid relatively well, but demanded long hours and often difficult conditions.

Correction: It was A. Philip Randolph, not E. Philip Randolph, who organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African-American labor union.