A Portrait of a Pullman Porter

Georgia Taylor's avatar Georgia Taylor

In 1867, Chicago industrialist George Pullman revolutionized rail travel with his famous Pullman Cars.When a Pullman Car was leased to a railroad, it came "equipped" with highly-trained porters to serve the travelers. The cars were staffed with recently freed slaves, whom Pullman judged to be skilled in service and willing to work for low wages. Soon, The Pullman Rail Car Company was the largest employer of blacks in the country, with the greatest concentration of Pullman Porters living on Chicago's South Side. (Article snippet courtesy of Lucy Kinsella, wttw.com) I was inspired by an article I read about the Porters and the lineage of distinguished African Americans that followed them. This installation piece will include a life size portrait of a Pullman Porter(s) placed within a re-created environment of a rail car with passengers. My intention is to share the history of the Porters and their contribution to Black America.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth:
  • Medium: graphite, latex and acrylic paint, wood panel and other props
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 8'