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Obama to Visit Chicago for Pullman National Monument Dedication

Neighborhood known as the birthplace of the African American labor movement

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    Chicago's Pullman Porter museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. NBC Chicago's Christian Farr reports. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015)

    Chicago is getting its first national park.

    President Barack Obama next Thursday, Feb. 19, will visit Chicago to announce the establishment of Pullman National Monument.

    The designation comes after several years of negotiations, and officials from the city and state will be on hand for the announcement.

    Industrialist George Pullman founded the neighborhood in 1880. It was known for manufacturing Pullman Palace Sleeper Cars, which were considered the most luxurious railcar for almost a century.

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    Chicago's Pullman Porter museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (Published Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013)

    The neighborhood also was the birthplace of the African American labor movement.

    The National Park Service in 2013 determined that Pullman has unique historical significance worthy of park status.
     

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