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Rosina Corrothers Tucker (1881-1987), life-long civil rights activist, was a leader of the local Women's Economic Councils, forerunner to the International Ladies' Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was a trade union organized by A. Philip Randolph as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) in 1925. It organized porters, attendants, and maids working for the Pullman Palace Car Company, which provided first-class train accommodations. Six weeks after it was founded, the female relatives of the members also joined the labor movement by forming the Women's Economic Councils, helping to make the BSCP the first successful national black trade union in the nation. In 1938 these councils were officially recognized as the International Ladies' Auxiliary to the BSCP.

Rosina Corrothers Tucker was a lifelong civil rights activist. She was born Rosina Harvey in Washington and graduated from M Street High School. After the death of her first husband, Reverend James Corrothers, she worked as a U.S. government clerk and later married Berthea Tucker, a Pullman porter. The Tuckers moved to the Seventh Street house.

Tucker worked as a recruiter for the BSCP. When her husband was fired from the Pullman Company after his supervisor learned of his union organizing, she met the supervisor and successfully demanded that her husband be rehired. In 1982 Tucker was featured in the documentary film Miles of Smiles.

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