African American Pullman porters honored

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In an era when America traveled by train, one of the best jobs an African-American man could land was working as a Pullman porter. It also was one of the worst.

The hours were grueling - 16 hours a day, seven days a week. The pay was poor and the work menial at best. Porters cleaned toilets, made beds and satisfied the whims of passengers who sometimes called them "boy" or worse.

Still, Pullman porters saw the country, met famous people and supported families.

On Tuesday, Amtrak honored the legacy of Pullman porters, who formed the first black labor union in the country in 1925.

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