During the golden age of North American train travel, sleeping cars often came with porters who would carry your luggage and shine your shoes. Porters were smiling, courteous and unfailingly polite; for the better part of the last century, they were also Black, male, and sometimes referred to condescendingly as “George’s boys” — or, simply, “George.”
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- Canadian Notes & Queries: Hey Porter
- TVO – Excerpt: Cecil Foster’s ‘They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada’
- CBC – The untold story of Canada’s black train porters
- The Toronto Star – In 1954, Black train porters called on Ottawa to transform Canada into ‘a country of equality’
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