The Jenkins' Bus Continues to Make an Impression

In the 1950s and 1960s, the country wasn't what we know it to be now, and our new Volkswagen dealership in Auburn MA is proud of how far we've come. The bus used by Esau and Janie B. Jenkins may have been long rusted from salty air and weathered many hurricanes, but it survives thanks to the effort of their relatives. Our friends in Worcester know the importance of education, and the Jenkins fought hard to help their community receive what was needed to get a right to use their voices.

The bus, a 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Station Wagon, has made its mark on history by being the vessel that Esau and Janie Jenkins used to transport children and adults to get work in South Carolina. On these trips, the duo helped passengers study for a test to determine voting literacy, which led to hundreds of new voters in Johns Island. If you've ever voted, you know how difficult it can be to get around to the polls in your Volkswagen model near Westborough, and our right to make our voice heard is sometimes taken for granted.

Thanks to the effort of these citizens, and through their years of fighting racial injustices, the country has made great strides. Through the Historic Vehicle Association, U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs, and The Library of Congress, the Jenkins' 1966 Volkswagen Bus is on display in the National Mall. While it may be a long drive from Shrewsbury MA to visit this historic bus, Volkswagen history, and civil rights history are connected and on display for future generations to behold.

Categories: News, People, Community Events