The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum on Chicago’s South Side will hold a symbolic groundbreaking of its $30-million expansion on Labor Day, the museum announced. Established in 1995, the museum honors the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and is reportedly the only museum of its kind in the U.S. 

“Earlier this year, we announced plans of this expansion and have been working diligently to build public support, raise funds and amplify the story of Black Labor all in the name of realizing this vision,” said Museum Founder Dr. Lyn Hughes. “We have more work to do, and this groundbreaking serves as a catalyst for commitment by all stakeholders.” 

The expansion, termed the Community Economic Development Empowerment Project, is a multi-phase plan that will include expanded galleries and exhibit space, revenue generating space and the Jesse Jackson Civil Rights Wing, complete with an elevator to ensure handicap accessibility.  

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