Chinese Railroad Workers
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About The Event
On November 27th, we are proud to present Rev. Richard A. Cheu of St. John's University as he gives "the Chinese railroad workers a voice in America’s historical memory." The completion of America's first Transcontinental Railroad on May 10th, 1869, when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads met at Promontory Summit, Utah, represented the culmination of seven long years of work. The Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) hired thousands of Chinese laborers to help build the railroad and yet, on the day of the Transcontinental Railroad's completion, published photographs showed only whites, deliberately excluding the overwhelming Chinese presence. According to Cheu, "Their deliberate exclusion from the photographs and America's historic memory was based on the publicly accepted depiction of Chinese as racially inferior and incompatible with assimilation into American society."
With the upcoming 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad next year, Cheu argues the time to give Chinese railroad workers their "rightful place in American public history" is tremendously overdue. Be sure to RSVP to this important and fascinating presentation.
Members Free Admission - Guests $5 Admission Fee