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The Chinese who built the railroad are in the shadows, no more.

It took 148 years, but 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who played a huge role in building the Transcontinental Railroad are finally getting their due.

The California state Assembly unanimously passed a resolution by Assembly member Evan Low to proclaim May 10 from this day forward California Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial Day.

Originally known as the Pacific Railroad, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, linking the West and the East for the first time in American history. The construction, one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the 19th century, took six years and stretched as far as 2,000 miles. Chinese laborers contributed to the Western section, the toughest stretch to construct.

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