Great Migration Exhibit at Union Station

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:21 PM EDT
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Great Migration Exhibit at Union Station

WASHINGTON - MAY 08: General atmosphere during the National Train Day events at Union Station on May 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Amtrak)

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Amtrak is opening a new exhibit at Washington's Union Station to recount the history of the "Great
Migration'' of Southern blacks moving to the North early in the 20th century.

Between 1915 and 1970, about 6 million African Americans moved from the South to the North. Many left behind rural farm lives for job opportunities in industrialized cities. Many made the journey by passenger or freight train, which provided the connection for Amtrak.

The Washington Post reports the exhibit opens Saturday near Gate A at Union Station and will remain on view through Sept. 26. It will then move to Baltimore's Penn Station for display through October.

Allen Ballard, a University of Albany history professor, consulted on the exhibit. Amtrak also called on museums and the Library of Congress.

To see the exhibit online, click here.

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