Oregon State University
Oregon African American Railroad Porters Oral History Collection

E. Shelton Hill Oral History Interview, Part 2. July 7, 1983

E. Shelton Hill Oral History Interview, Part 2

Interview conducted by Michael Grice.

July 7, 1983

Location:  Location Unknown.

In this second recording of E. Shelton Hill, Hill talks about the variation in working conditions on the trains, especially sleeping accommodations. He discusses unions and how many of the members were summer workers who had less to fear if they were fired in retaliation for joining. Hill recalls his experiences in the Air Force, which he volunteered for due to his draft status. Hill also talks about his schooling and his involvement as a board member on the Urban League of Portland. Hill talks about some of the issues the black population in Portland faced in the 1940s, such as public accommodations, housing and employment.