Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dining Car Waiters - Lewis Lowman & Alfred Cauthorne

Promotional opportunities were few for African-American waiters. The dining car stewards were all white men who operated the large B&O diners. African-Americans could be promoted to Waiter in Charge, with the responsibility for running Club Cars, Observation Cars, and smaller dining cars. Waiters in Charge could have as many as three waiters and cooks under their charge. They waited tables as needed and if working the Club Car also served as bartender and short order cook preparing a light fare such as breakfast and sandwiches. 

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