During the peak of the country’s railroad travel, Pullman Porters were African-American men who catered to the wealthy white passengers on luxury trains.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Business and Government Division and the Akron Railroad Club will co-host a screening of AMS Pictures’ “Rising From the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter,” Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
The one-hour, high-definition documentary, based on the best-selling book by Larry Tye, tells the story of African-American men who worked various jobs on luxury trains that crossed the country during the golden age of rail travel, post-Civil War until 1970.
“Black History is America’s history and we are pleased to partner with local railroad enthusiasts who view the Pullman porter’s story as a significant part of the larger picture,” said Janice Radl, a Business and Government librarian. Craig Sanders, author and president of the Akron Railroad Club, will introduce the film and discuss sleeping car service to Akron. A question and answer session will follow.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Main Library is located at 60 S. High St. in downtown Akron. For info, call the Business & Government Division at (330) 643-9020. For info, visit www.akronlibrary.org.