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A 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Station Wagon and a Part of Civil Rights History




 

Some history lives in books and the stories that are passed down, while some history can be found in inanimate objects. The Jenkins Bus is one of these objects that intertwines the early history of Volkswagen with civil rights icons. This 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Station Wagon was used to transport Esau and Janie B. Jenkins during their efforts to fight for civil rights.

Aurora, CO, drivers can learn more about this piece of Volkswagen and civil rights history by reading more.

The Importance of the Jenkins' Bus

Some in the Denver, CO, area may know that Esau and Janie B. Jenkins spent several decades fighting to improve the lives of everyone through building a network of businesses and schools for underserved African American residents from the 1940s through early 1970s. Traveling through around Johns Island, SC, advocating civil rights eventually become the models for the civil rights movement in the South.

The Jenkins painted their motto on the tailgate of their Volkswagen Bus, which read “Love Is Progress; Hate Is Expensive.”

Esau and Janie began to help transport discriminated residents and educating them with the knowledge they would need to pass South Carolina’s voting literacy test, which barred many African Americans from voting. Their efforts and lessons during rides helped hundreds of individuals become new voters on Johns Island.

The Jenkins helped found the Progressive Club, which helped offset the economic disadvantages of Jim Crow, and they also helped residents overcome illiteracy and learn civil rights through the first citizenship school.

Recently, Historic Vehicle Association and NB Center for American Automotive Heritage teams delicately removed the Jenkins' Bus from its resting place and was put on display at the National Mall.

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