No. 3: The Omni Parker House’s (in)famous employees

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What do Ho Chi Minh, Malcolm X, and Emeril Lagasse have in common? They all worked at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston before rising to fame (or notoriety). Ho Chi Minh worked as a baker in the hotel’s kitchen in the early 20th century, decades before becoming involved in politics and revolution in his native Vietnam. Malcolm X worked as a busboy in the 1940s. He would later be known as an activist for black Americans, though he was a black separatist who opposed the integration campaigns of the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A far less revolutionary figure, Emeril Lagasse, was a sous chef at the Parker House before achieving fame as a chef in his own right. Known as the place where Parker House rolls were created, the hotel was also the birthplace of the Massachusetts state dessert: The Boston Cream Pie. Another thing Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X have in common? They shared a birthday: May 19th.

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