Former slave John Wesley Cromwell (1846-1927) was an educator, lawyer, Republican, and journalist. He acquired his law degree at Howard University and likely was the first black attorney to argue before the Interstate Commerce Commission. He also published and edited the People's Advocate, a weekly newspaper, organized the Republican Party, and helped found the American Negro Academy.
On November 25, 1955, the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) banned racial segregation on interstate buses, train lines, and in waiting rooms. The ICC ruled that “the disadvantages to a traveler who is assigned accommodations or facilities so designated as to imply his inferiority solely because of his race must be regarded under present conditions as unreasonable.”
Haunting Photos Show Aftermath of 19th Century Train Wrecks: Not much information is known about any of the accidents, because records were informal until the Interstate Commerce Commission took over railroad safety in 1901.
RAIL STRIKE, 1920: A huge nationwide freight car logjam resulted from a strike by railway workers. The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) was charged with assisting the railroad lines to break the logjam and get freight moving expeditiously. Berryman portrays Uncle Sam as an ICC traffic cop, directing the flow of railroad trains.
1966-Last passenger Train Departs Conductor J.C. Hudspeth waves goodbye on behalf of the Fort Worth & Denver's Train No. 8 as it leaves Amarillo for the last time December 15, 1966. The train departed at 9:05 a.m., one hour and forty minutes behind schedule. Along with its southbound counterpart, FW Train No. 1, the train service was discontinued by the Interstate Commerce Commission on request of the railroad.