Pullman National Monument
On February 19, 2015, President Barack Obama designated Pullman as a National Monument, the culmination of more than three years of efforts by the local community, elected officials, and advocacy organizations. Five years later, city, state, and federal officials gathered on Labor Day at the historic Pullman Clock Tower, the birthplace of the Illinois labor movement, to celebrate the start of construction on the new $37 million, 12-acre Pullman National Monument campus.
CNI played a lead role in coordinating and sponsoring the designation process, providing advocacy and financial resources to make the National Monument a reality. Today, CNI is working with the National Park Service and the State of Illinois to redevelop the 12-acre campus. That includes restoring and adapting the Clock Tower to serve as the site’s new entryway which will feature exhibits recounting Pullman’s role in American history and the Civil Rights movement.
According to a report entitled “Economic Engine, an Analysis of the Potential Impact of a Pullman National Historical Park,” the Pullman National Monument will attract 300,000 visitors per year, create more than 350 annual jobs and generate $40 million of sustained economic impact.