WASHINGTON — Three Illinois lawmakers said Friday they plan to introduce legislation designating the Pullman Historic District as a national historical park, which would make it part of the National Park Service.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Crews are installing two large artifacts inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture while it's still under construction on the National Mall. Museum officials on Sunday were overseeing the installation of a segregated Southern Railway train car made by the Pullman Company in 1922.
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With the Labor Day holiday approaching, have you ever wondered why it exists? Long before the backyard family get-togethers and the relaxing day off from work, workers across America toiled in factories, rail yards, mines, and mills, some with working conditions unimaginable today. In Chicago, life in the city’s industrial district known as Pullman Town exemplified the need to recognize the incredible contributions of labor in America.
Chicago’s south side is home to some of America’s most fascinating and important stories. The Pullman Historic District is where, in 1880, George M. Pullman built the country’s first planned model industrial town. It was also home to the nation’s first African-American union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the pivotal “Pullman Strike” of 1894. These important “firsts” speak to Pullman’s national significance and why so many Chicago leaders have come together to work to establish it as the city’s first national park.
There is a push by a local group to create a national park in the Pullman neighborhood on the far South Side, and by doing so organizers said it could boost the local economy and put a positive spotlight on Chicago.
A piece of history sits on Chicago’s South Side and could soon be revitalized after being designated a national historic park. The Pullman community has long been an area of pride for residents of the South Side, stretching east of Cottage Grove from East 103rd St. to East 115th St. The neighborhood that now belongs to Chicago was built in 1880 by George M. Pullman, who was the president of Pullman’s Palace Car Company. Pullman decided to construct the community as an industrial town to attract the most skilled workers and give them superior resources toward higher productivity.
The historic Pullman neighborhood--an architecturally-significant former 19th century company town that shaped transit, labor and American civil rights--could be on its way to becoming a national park under legislation to be proposed in Congress by U.S. Rep.