Black History Post: Irene Kirkaldy


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I’m sure many of us are familiar with the story of Rosa Parks, the brave woman who refused to give up her seat to a white man in 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, but how many of you have heard of Irene Kirkaldy?

Irene Kirkaldy was traveling on a Greyhound bus from Gloucester, Virginia to Baltimore , Maryland in 1944. She had recently suffered a miscarriage and had gone to Virginia for a doctor’s appointment. She settled into the rear of the greyhound bus and hoped to have a quiet ride back to Baltimore where she would see her husband. Jim Crow laws required that African-Americans in the south (including Maryland) be seated in the back of the bus and give up their seats to any white patrons.

Shortly into the trip, a white couple boarded the overcrowded bus and the bus driver demanded that Kirkaldy and her seatmate give up theirs…

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