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                                                 History Makers

The Metro Retirees of North Carolina understands the importance of recognizing those who have paved the way for the present and future WMATA employees and retirees.

That is why we have dedicated this page of history makers in honor of those tireless individuals that have set the standard for hard work and dedication to Metro, their co-workers, as well as their families. 


















Robert Pettigrew: 1st African-American ATU 689 Street Car Operator 1955 Capital Transit

James Russell: 1st African-American ATU 689 Bus Operator 1955 Capital Transit

Sarah Owens: 1st African -American ATU 689 Female Bus Operator 1967

James Shipman: 1st African-American ATU 689 elected to Union Office 1968 (2nd Vice-President)

Rodney Richmond: 1st African-American ATU 689 elected to full-time Secretary-Treasurer 1974

James M. Thomas Jr.: 1st African-American ATU 689 President 1983

Earl McBride: 1st African-American ATU 689 Training Operator

Leroy Bailey: 1st African American ATU 689 Bus Depot Office

Sandra Perrin: 1st African-American ATU 689 Executive Board member/Shop Steward (Clerical) 1983

Lelia Williams: 1st African-American ATU 689 Female Executive Board member/Shop Steward (Bus) 1989

Walter Tucker: 1st African-American ATU 689 Shop Steward

James M. Thomas: 1st African-American ATU 689 Recording Secretary

Bernice Barnes: 1st African-American ATU 689 Female Recording Secretary

Jackie L. Jeter: 1st African-American ATU 689 Female 1st Vice-President (2001), Secretary-Treasurer (2004), Union President (2007).










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