Item: Philadelphia Transportation Company employee protest parade

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Record Number: 2318
Folder Number: FF 38.3741
Reproduction restrictions: None
Photographer: C. Elfont
Address: Reyburn Plaza
Philadelphia PA 19107 USA
Date of View: November 8 1943
View Format: Photograph
Image description: Employees of the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) partake in a protest parade picketing the company in Reyburn Plaza.  Prior to 1944, a number of pickets and protests were held against the PTC for the discriminatory acts against African Americans.  African American employees of PTC held menial jobs until 1944 when the organization decided, under pressure from the federal government, to allow positions such as conductors and motormen to be held by African American employees who were qualified for the position.   Ensuing the inclusion of African American employees to positions within the company that were non-menial, the white employees of PTC went on strike on August 1, 1944.