Group Honors Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers
PROMONTORY, Utah – As Utah prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, one group is working to be sure the workers who helped lay the railroad are remembered.
Jack Shu came from California to organize a walk along the stretch where a “small army” of Chinese workers alongside a few Irish workers laid ten miles of track in about 12 hours.
“This is a phenomenal human achievement that we have to celebrate,” Shu said.
The group, many of Chinese descent, walked all ten miles Sunday afternoon.
Shu said it was also important to honor the efforts of the Chinese and Irish workers.
“All of these workers helped make America and that’s what we want to talk about and remember,” he said.
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