Saturday, June 22, 2013

African Americans on CPRR

From: "Mayra París" maparis13[at]

I just saw that in 2006 you answered a question on the CPRR Discussion Group blog about Chinese passengers on the railroad. I was wondering if you had similar information about African American passengers. I'm an author and I'm working on a novel about an African-American traveling from New York City to Oregon.

Would African American [black] passengers have been segregated from the other passengers in special cars or would they simply have been forced to buy seats in the lower class cars? I also would like to know if you can direct me to any type of resource that could tell me about prices and travel times circa 1890? ...

—Mayra Paris

Anthony & Co. Photographic Catalog, 1870.