Pointe-à-Callière presents

Lecture – The History of Montreal’s Black Porters

As part of the exhibition A Railroad to Dreams, Pointe-à-Callière is presenting a lecture on Montreal’s Black porters, by historian Dorothy Williams.

At one time, porters attended to passengers aboard sleeping cars, meeting the riders’ various needs throughout their train trip. In the early 20th century, the vast majority of sleeping car porters were Black men, as the position was one of the few jobs available to them in Canada.

Montreal’s Black porters made a significant contribution to the economic development of the major railway companies, and to the development of certain Montreal neighbourhoods. Join historian Dorothy Williams in an exploration of their history, their occupation, and their impact on the railway sector and the city.

This lecture will be in English with French subtitles.

As an exception, this lecture will not be presented live, though a team will be available to answer your questions in the comments.

Live: Friday, May 7, 2021 at noon
Free, online on Facebook
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Later viewing: You will be able to watch the event after it has been broadcast in the video section of Pointe-à-Callière’s Facebook page!


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