1North American A railroad porter.
Late 19th century: first used because John Williams, a porter in Grand Central Terminal, New York City, wore a cap with a red flannel strip in order to attract attention
- The word redcap (a porter) originally referred to a piece of red flannel tied for visibility around the caps of baggage carriers at New York's Grand Central Station.
- The flurry of activity led to mobilization of car attendants not employed directly by the Pullman Company and redcaps, plus the establishment of joint councils to handle jurisdictional disputes.
- This impacted the travel industry dramatically and affected many African Americans who serviced travelers as taxi drivers, hotel maids, and redcaps.
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