John Wesley Blair

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John Wesley Blair was an African-American train porter on one of the lines running through the northern forestry country of Minnesota. On September 1, 1894, John Wesley Blair was credited with saving 300 to 400 passengers on the Limited #4 train when it was caught in one of the worst fire storms in the history of this country. There have been many books written about his courage and bravery and how he led passengers to safety that day. He made his home in Stillwater, Minnesota, and is truly an unsung hero.
~James R. Brown, Minneapolis, MN


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