Chinese Railroad Workers Inducted into Labor Hall of Honor

The original photo commemorating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 did not include Chinese laborers.

The original photo commemorating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 did not include Chinese laborers.

This past week the Department of Labor inducted Chinese Labor Workers into the hall of honor. While many of us know this story, if you have not heard it, this video gives some highlights from the induction ceremony that includes a recounting of the railroad workers plight.

From The Chinese Historical Society of America

History was made on May 9, 2014 as the Chinese Railroad Workers were inducted into the U.S. Labor Hall of Honor. The Chinese Historical Society of America documented the ceremony. Here are excerpts from the speeches given by Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Chinese Railroad worker descendant Connie Young Yu.

Over on Code Switch they did a great story about the Chinese railroad workers inducted into Labor Hall of Honor including recreating the picture of the 1869 commemoration of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. See the full story and recreated picture HERE.

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