Cotton to Silk

Employees at the Bluefield, WV shop in June of 1929. Photo: Norfolk Southern Corporation

Employees at the Bluefield, WV shop in June of 1929.
Photo: Norfolk Southern Corporation

An oral history project and a soon-to-be released book tell the story of African American Heritage on the Roanoke-based Norfolk and Western Railroad. The memories are those of 20 retired and current black employees of N&W, which later became Norfolk Southern.
As Connie Stevens reports, the railroad was a microcosm of America itself—and the stories illustrate the momentum of equal opportunity.

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