Book launch with Cecil Foster

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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A black and white photo of four men in train porter uniforms. All of the men are smiling, and the two men in the middle appear to be shaking hands. Partially obscured.

Sleeping car porters Shirley Jackson, Pete Stevens, Harry Gairey and Jimmy Downes (left to right). Photo: Library and Archives Canada, PA-212572

Event details

Meet author Cecil Foster as he discusses his new book, They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada.

Free with $5 admission
Level 3 - Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation

Cecil Foster is an award‐winning writer, academic and journalist.

His historical work sheds light on the unrevealed stories of black railway porters – the so‐called “Pullmen” working in the Canadian rail lines in the mid‐twentieth century. Through his interviews with the last living porters from the era, Foster documents their political activism and fight for social justice that helped lay the groundwork for the multicultural Canada we know today. 

The event will wrap up with a book signing and a meet‐and‐greet with the author.

The book will be available for purchase in the Museum Boutique.

Seating is first come, first served.

This program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.