Civil rights pioneers Esau and Janie B. Jenkins worked tirelessly to improve the lives of African Americans, providing transportation for the community with their 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus (a.k.a. “Jenkins’ Bus), helping to ensure children were educated and adults were employed. They also helped adults learn to read, write, and exercise their civil rights, along with giving their community access to financial services with the opening of a credit union.
The Jenkins’ Bus remained parked in the backyard of Esau and Janie B. Jenkins for four decades. Recognizing the importance of the iconic vehicle, Volkswagen recently collaborated with the Historic Vehicle Association and B.R. Howard and Associates to preserve the “Jenkins’ Bus” and honor its inspiring civil rights legacy.