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Asa Philips Randolph

Back Bay Station Orange Line

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Asa Philip Randolph (1889-1979) was a union organizer and early civil rights leader. In 1925 he organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a union that gained better pay and working conditions for its members from the Pullman Company, operator of the then common railway sleeping cars. During World War II Randolph led a movement that achieved the ban on racial discrimination in war industries. Randolph also led the wartime movement to end racial segregation in the armed forces, an aim that was finally achieved in 1948. The bronze portrait of a seated Randolph is nine feet high. It is by the sculptor, Tina Allen (1949-2008). It was dedicated in 1986.

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