Whisk Broom

Lawrence W. Davis used this whisk broom during his career as a Pullman Porter from 1925 until his retirement in the 1960s.
Pullman cars were almost all sleeping cars with "sections" that converted from day seating to night-time berths, usually with a few separate, small rooms with their own toilet and sink. Each Pullman porter—one assigned per car—were on call throughout the day and night to serve their passengers. While the hours were stressful, pay was good because of union bargaining, especially when compared to many other jobs open to African Americans before the late 1960s. At home, porters were frequently leaders in their communities.
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Pullman Company
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Field to Factory
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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