African-American track workers labored long, hard hours. They were known as “gandy dancers” and used rhythmic songs and chants to maintain motion and unity necessary to move sections of rail, hammer spikes, and perform other back-breaking labor to build our nation’s rails.
Ann Arbor, MI - Gandy Dancer. " Known in railroading days as "the finest station between Buffalo and Chicago", the majestic Michigan Central Railroad Depot deserves that commendation more than ever as the Gandy Dancer. " (Restaurant)