901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
Phone:410-752-2490
Quick Links

Current Lesson | User's Guide | About this Lesson | How to Use this Lesson Plan | Table of Contents

Maggie Hudson

Maggie Hudson

Maggie Hudson began her career on the B&O on August 16, 1943, as a “porterette.” Her job was to assist the passengers on and off the trains, assist the conductor while he collected tickets, and attend to the comfort of the passengers. Ms. Hudson worked primarily on the passenger trains that ran from Baltimore to Pittsburgh, Grafton, and Chicago. Her job title of porterette was eventually changed to “Train Attendant.” Ms. Hudson worked for the B&O for 36 years. She was one of thousands of African-Americans who served in similar positions on railroads throughout the country. Because of racial bias, they were denied access to many other jobs in railroading. In spite of the obstacles encountered during her career, she was a dedicated and valuable employee.

© 7/10/2021 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum™. All Rights Reserved.