African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke

African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke

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Roanoke, Virginia, is one of Americaa€™s great historic railroad centers. The Norfolk a Western Railway Company, now the Norfolk Southern Corporation, has been in Roanoke for over a century. Since the company has employed many of the citya€™s African Americans, the two histories are intertwined. The lives of Roanokea€™s black railroad workers span the generations from Jim Crow segregation to the civil rights era to todaya€™s diverse corporate workforce. Older generations toiled through labor-intensive jobs such as janitors and track laborers, paving the way for younger African Americans to become engineers, conductors and executives. Join author Sheree Scarborough as she interviews Roanokea€™s African American railroad workers and chronicles stories that are a powerful testament of personal adversity, struggle and triumph on the rail.Decisions were made based on the storiesa#39; poignancy, power and thematic importance. ... These tight bonds of kinship and community are explored more fully in Dr. C.W. Sullivana#39;s essay. ... For the Virginia Division, there was the first chief dispatcher and the first operational vice-president not only for Naamp;W but for the entireanbsp;...

Title:African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke
Author:Sheree Scarborough
Publisher:The History Press - 2014-06-03


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