Oregon State University
Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection

Lawrence Alberti Oral History Interview. 1980s

Lawrence Alberti Oral History Interview

Interview conducted by Michael Grice.


Location:  Location Unknown.

Lawrence Alberti worked as a Red Cap for the railroad. He started in 1936 and worked until threat of the draft in the forties caused him to volunteer for the armed services. He discusses life as a supply sergeant in Washington, Louisiana, New York and Europe. Alberti returned to civilian life in 1946 and went back to work as a Red Cap. He describes the duties and hours of Red Caps and the practice of workers stealing baggage tags to avoid paying baggage charges. Alberti eventually quit the railroad and went into the postal service instead.