African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke: Oral Histories by Sheree Scarborough,Historical Society of Western

By Sheree Scarborough,Historical Society of Western Virginia,George Kegley

Roanoke, Virginia, is one in all America's nice historical railroad facilities. The Norfolk & Western Railway corporation, now the Norfolk Southern company, has been in Roanoke for over a century. because the corporation has hired a number of the city's African american citizens, the 2 histories are intertwined. The lives of Roanoke's black railroad staff span the generations from Jim Crow segregation to the civil rights period to state-of-the-art different company staff. Older generations toiled via labor-intensive jobs comparable to janitors and tune employees, paving the way in which for more youthful African americans to develop into engineers, conductors and managers. sign up for writer Sheree Scarborough as she interviews Roanoke's African American railroad staff and chronicles tales which are a strong testomony of non-public adversity, fight and triumph at the rail.

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