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‘A Photographic Act of Justice’
The commemoration of the145th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Point, Utah recently updated history — thanks to a partnership of 17 local, state and national organizations.
Chinese laborers sacrificed to build the railroad, but the workers were not included in the official photograph that was taken for the momentous celebration in 1869.
On May 10, 2014, descendents and friends of the Chinese workers gathered in front of the old locomotive for an historic photograph. As the headline in the Salt Lake Tribune reported, it was ” a photographic act of justice.”
The Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Commemoration Project was instigated by Ze Min Xiao (Zee), a dynamic, first generation Chinese woman whose ancestor worked on the Panama Canal.
The International News Service and media sources around the world picked up news of the project, including Forbes Magazine and CCTV, China’s largest television station. NPR’s “All Things Considered” also aired the story.
“This is a successful beginning, not the end,” Zee explained. “We’ve created the energy needed to…