Running on the Rails, Credit: Majorie Pitz
Running on the Rails: There was a time when one fourth of all African American men in St. Paul’s historic Rondo neighborhood worked for the railroads. These men worked as Sleeping Car porters, Red Cap porters, or Dining Car waiters and cooks. Throughout the twentieth century, the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) occupied a central place in both African American protest politics and community building, both locally and nationally, and laid the groundwork for Civil Rights movement mobilization in post-1945 America. This film captures the history of African American railroad workers and celebrate their contributions to the local history of St. Paul Rondo Community retold through the community members who lived and experienced this life.