Oregon State University
Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection

Si Greene Oral History Interview, Part 2. August 13, 1983

Si Greene Oral History Interview, Part 2

Interview conducted by Michael Grice.

August 13, 1983

Location:  Location Unknown.

Si Greene discusses working as a Red Cap from March of 1940 to July 8th, 1970, when he retired and began working for Crown Zellerbach. Greene describes discrimination in which railroad jobs were closed for black employees, such as engineers and brakemen. There is also discussion about the issue of “service-oriented” jobs being less open to black persons as blacks in the sixties began to avoid such jobs and whites took the jobs as the pay was increased. Greene also talks on the benefits of the railroad unions that he and his father were members of. His father was a member of the Pullman porters union from about 1926. Greene also lists some of his hobbies.