Black Railway Porters and their Union Activity National Historic Event

Montréal, Quebec
View of HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 2004
HSMBC plaque
© Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 2004
Black Railway Porters and their Union Activity © Africville Geneological Society, n.d.View of HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 2004
Address : 1100 des Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue, Montréal, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1994-11-24

Other Name(s):
  • Black Railway Porters and their Union Activity  (Designation Name)
  • Railway Porters and their Union  (Plaque name)
Research Report Number: 1994-042

Importance: With unions, workers achieve better labour relations and human rights

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  1100 des Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue, Montréal, Quebec

Railway porters played a major role in the struggle for Black rights in Canada. Starting in the late 1880s, they emerged as leaders of African Canadian communities in Montréal and in other urban centres. Through their unions, such as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the Order of Sleeping Car Porters, they gained recognition for Blacks within the labour movement. After the Second World War, the porters made important contributions to the campaign for human rights, particularly through their struggle to end discrimination in railway employment.