Amtrak takes the great migration of African Americans exhibit on tour

Amtrak takes the great migration of African Americans exhibit on tour

Amtrak is taking its popular Great Migration of African Americans Exhibit on tour to its Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. stations from August through October 2011. The exhibit, which documents the journey of African Americans from the rural south to the industrial north during the early 20th century, was first displayed in Philadelphia for National Train Day in May 2011.
“Through historic documents and compelling images, the exhibit recounts the significance of rail travel during a crucial time in the history of African Americans, and it’s our pleasure to share the exhibit with new audiences,” said Emmett H. Fremaux, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development, Amtrak.
The Great Migration Exhibit chronicles the journey of more than 800,000 African Americans from the South to the Northeast, Midwest and West via passenger and freight trains between 1910 and 1930. Amtrak decided to tour the exhibit after receiving numerous requests from both passengers and Amtrak employees who missed the exhibit this past May.
The exhibit was designed with the help of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, African American Museum of Philadelphia, Library of Congress, The Henry Ford®, and University of Chicago and Florida State Archives.
The exhibit will first display in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station August 2-19, 2011. Then in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station August 20-September 26, 2011. The exhibit will conclude with a display in Baltimore’s Penn Station September 27-October 26, 2011.
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