New York City Transit Honors Tuskegee Airmen by Renaming Bus Depot
A dozen former Tuskegee Airmen worked for the MTA when they returned from Europe after World War II.
Airman Roscoe Brown told the crowd how the Transit Authority was one of the few places African Americans could get a job during what was still a very segregated New York. “People would tell you to your face we don’t hire Negroes here,” said Brown. But Transit saw the returning black soldiers as a giant pool of skilled labor.
Another former airman Reginald Brewster, a former transit clerk, now 94, earned a standing ovation for a speech in which he said he was “living testimony the color of your skin does not determine your mental capacity or your character.”
In honor of the World War II African-American military pilots and support personnel who made up the famed flight-training program at Tuskegee Army Air Field, on March 23, 2012, MTA New York City Transit renamed the 100th Street Bus Depot as The Tuskegee Airmen Bus Depot. (Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin)