Irene Morgan (4/9/17 – 8/10/2007)
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.”
The reason some of us can ride on the Greyhounds heading south.
She was on a bus from Maryland to Virginia. In Virginia she was arrested for violating the state’s segregation laws pertaining to seating on the bus. After she kicked the one officer in the groin and fought another, she eventually pled guilty to resisting arrest but refused to accept responsibility for the segregation violation. It was appealed and successfully repealed!
This was in 1944, 11 years before Rosa Parks.