28 February 2014

Little Known Black History Fact: Lee Wesley Gibson

Now 102 years young, Mr. Gibson or “George” is a surviving member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

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  • Obituary published August 18, 2012 in LA Times: Excerpt:  “Records kept by the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum in Chicago had recognized 102-year-old Lee Wesley Gibson of Los Angeles as being the oldest living Pullman porter, until Isaacs — born five years earlier than Gibson — came forward in 2010.”
Originally posted on Majic 102.1:
At 101 years old, Lee Wesley Gibson of Keatchie, Louisiana is the oldest surviving member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Gibson served as a pullman porter for 38 years. Back in the day, the job of pullman porter was considered a middle-class position, something Gibson, who was raised by a poor single mom, took pride in.

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