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In the segregated south, Savannah, Georgia’s first Black bus driver makes history

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The year was 1961—a then 28-year-old Roger Shank did something no Black man in the city or the state of Georgia had ever done. He moved to the front of the bus to take his seat behind the wheel for The Savannah Transit Authority—now CAT. This was a bold move in the segregated south.

“During that time, there were marches in the street EVERY night. People would go do...

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