July 28, 2015

African American railroaders forge history at museum

ROANOKE, Va. – Members of the African American Norfolk & Western Heritage Group in Roanoke stepped behind a curtain and took their first look at how the Virginia Museum of Transportation will present their history. “I think it’s great,” said Carroll Swain, 87, one of the group’s founding members. “Right now I think it’s something [...]

We can learn a lot from baseball

By UTU Assistant President Arty Martin While watching the Major League Baseball Game of the Week Saturday between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, I was reminded of how important history and heritage are. Prior to the start of the game, a special guest of the Red Sox was honored – 100-year-old Arthur Giddon, [...]

Remembering the lady who kept her bus seat

It has been fifty-five years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus — “an act that challenged the moral conscience of an entire nation,” said President Obama Dec. 1 in honoring her legacy Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States [...]

RRB celebrates 75th birthday

The 75th anniversary of the enactment of the Railroad Retirement Act of 1935 is being observed during 2010. Part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, the Act was signed into law on August 29, 1935, the Railroad Retirement Board reports. It was in the rail industry that the first formal industrial pension plan [...]