Press Release

Rep. Sims Joins President Obama to Honor Pullman as National Monument


CHICAGO, Ill. –State Rep. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, joined President Obama yesterday in Chicago for the President’s signing of an executive order elevating the community area of Pullman to a National Monument.

“It’s important for the nation to recognize the historical significance of this community and the important role it played in the labor movement of our country,” Sims said. “I thank the President for coming today and recognizing what a historic treasure we have here in our city.”

Historic Pullman was an industrial town built in the 1880s by George M. Pullman to manufacture railroad cars for the Pullman’s Palace Car Company. Unrest over decreases in wages and conditions led to a violent strike in 1894. Pullman was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and in 1970, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency designated the town as a state landmark. Sims passed a house resolution in 2013 asking Congress or the President to elevate the status of Pullman to a National Historic Park. Yesterday’s executive order marks the culmination of his efforts as Pullman becomes Chicago’s first national park and a National Monument.

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