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The Untold Story of Black Train Porters with Cecil Foster

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The Untold Story of Black Train Porters with Cecil Foster


CBC Ottawa's Adrian Harewood hosts Cecil Foster for the launch of They Called Me George, a historical work of non-fiction that chronicles the little-known stories of black railway porters – the so-called “Pullmen” of the Canadian rail lines. The actions and spirit of these men helped define Canada as a nation in surprising ways; effecting race relations, human rights, North American multiculturalism, community building, the shape and structure of unions, and the nature of travel and business across the US and Canada.

Drawing on the stories and legends of several of these influential early black Canadians, award-winning author, academic and journalist, Cecil Foster narrates the history of a very visible, but rarely considered, aspect of black life in railway-age Canada. These porters, who fought against the idea of Canada as White Man’s Country, open only to immigrants from Europe, fought for and won a Canada that would provide opportunities for all its citizens.

This is a FREE Event but please RSVP at the tickets link.

Presented in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa

Books available for purchase from Perfect Books Ottawa. Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.



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