(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Recently, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, who served as the official breakfast event chair, welcomed a host of enthusiastic guests and pioneers of the National Black Railroader's Historical Society (NBRHS) Board Installation Breakfast held at the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami.
After a scrumptious breakfast, Commissioner Moss, joined by Judge Teretha Lundy Thomas, 11 Circuit Judicial District, Miami-Dade County, was given the privilege of installing the Charter Board of Directors of the NBRHS. The event included special guests, such as noted author Mr. Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus of San Diego State University) author of Railroads in the African American Experience; noted railroad historian Linda Bradford, Carlyle Smith, who engineered the Obama Express and other notable Miami railroad families and pioneers.
The event also included a slideshow presentation by Dr. Theodore Kornweibel who shared and honored the significant legacy of past railroaders in an effort to preserve their history through written memoirs, memorabilia and photographs. Following the slideshow presentation, Commissioner Moss presented a Miami-Dade County proclamation to Ms. Femi Folami-Browne, a Co-Founder of the NBRHS.
The work of the NBRHS is in its early stages of connecting with railroaders and their families, collecting oral histories, sponsoring educational seminars, encouraging curatorial career development, literary and visual arts all under the auspices of the NBRHS and by collaborating with organizations including the A. Phillip Randolph Institute of Miami-Dade (FL), the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, The Virginal Key Beach Trust and other black history cultural institutions.
"We have a wonderful opportunity to join the NBRHS in maintaining our rich black railroad history here in Miami-Dade County," stated Commissioner Moss. "It is important to support groups like NBRHS who are trying to help
NBRHS put black railroad history on the right track."