Black History Month – Day 24

Irene Morgan (4/9/17 – 8/10/2007) Irene_Morgan

July 1944

The before Rosa Parks, there was Irene Morgan. She was arrested in Middlesex County, Virginia (on a Greyhound bus) for refusing to sit in the designated spot for blacks, during an interstate bus ride. According to Virginia, segregation was still going to occur in their state. The bus stopped and a sheriff was summoned to the bus. She was arrested, but not before kicking the officer in the groin and fighting.

She pled guilty to resisting arrest but refused to plead guilty to “violating Virginia’s segregation laws.”

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