The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
African-American heritage on the Norfolk & Western, 1930-1970
Repository: Virginia Museum of Transportation
Collection Description (CRHP): This museum exhibit includes an oral history-based video of African American railroad workers. It examines the 1930 to 1970 period, revealing social conditions before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and the direct benefit for these workers from the Act. The exhibit also includes artifacts, photographs, and documents. The oral histories for the exhibit were conducted in 1997. Fran Ferguson, director of development for the museum, indicated that the museum also has transcripts, audio recordings, and video related to or of the oral histories.
Collection Description (Extant): African-American Heritage on the Norfolk & Western, 1930-1970: highlights the experiences of many African-American men who worked for the N&W Railroad. Their oral histories provide insight into life on the railroad during the years of dynamic change in working conditions and civil rights for people of color.
Access Copy Note: The museum is dedicated to making its resources open to the public and researchers.
Digital Status: No
Extent: photographs; video recordings; manuscripts; artifacts; transcripts; audio recordings
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American railroad employees
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Discrimination in employment
United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964