News Release Date: December 30, 2022
Legislation signed by the President on December 29, 2022, includes a provision that changes the designation of Pullman National Monument to Pullman National Historical Park. The historic Pullman community was designated a national monument by President Obama in 2015, making it the first National Park Service unit in Chicago.
The park tells the story of America’s first planned model industrial community, the sleeping car magnate who created it, and the workers who lived there. The park is significant for its influence on railroad transportation, industrial innovation, urban planning and design, and the American labor and civil rights movements. The Pullman Strike and Boycott of 1894, and the establishment of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925, are watershed moments in American labor history.
Park Superintendent Teri Gage commented, “This is a very exciting and meaningful change for Pullman and yet another tribute to all of the Pullman neighbors and partners who have worked for decades to preserve this beautiful historic neighborhood. We are so appreciative of the Illinois delegation for their recognition and support of this special place. The name change will help visitors better understand the resource and what they can expect to experience at Pullman.”
While the name change is effective immediately, Superintendent Gage indicated that it may to take several months to update signage, exhibits, and publications to reflect the new designation.
The park staff looks forward to celebrating this change in the near future and to working with Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the City of Chicago, and park partners to spread the word about Pullman National Historical Park. The National Park Service will continue its collaborative work with park partners to protect this very special place in Chicago and to provide an outstanding visitor experience.