Roanoke, Virginia, is one of Americaas 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 cityas African Americans, the two histories are intertwined. The lives of Roanokeas black railroad workers span the generations from Jim Crow segregation to the civil rights era to todayas 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 Roanokeas 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|
|Publisher||:||The History Press - 2014-06-03|