Thursday, February 28, 2013

Martinsburg Johnson

The opportunity to work as a waiter for the B&O provided an avenue of advancement for African American men not widely available during the 1940's. B&O waiter Reverend James Kearse considered it a "privilege to assist passengers" on the railroad. He received impeccable training  and worked in an "exacting world where the railroad waiters were expected to keep their shoes polished, pants pressed, hair groomed and fingernails clean."

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