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Black History Month: Jack S. Patterson


Milwaukee, WI – Jack S. Patterson, originally from Hunting, Arkansas, moved north to look for work. He planned to move to Detroit, and had come to Milwaukee to visit, but instead remained and found work. 

In 1945, Patterson became the first African-American hired by the Wisconsin Electric Railway and Transport Company (now known as MCTS). He and several other African-American bus operators were pioneers for this time.

 

 

After working as a bus operator for 30 years, Patterson went on to train new bus operators for the next three years. He retired in 1978 at the age of 65. He is said to have never met a stranger and had a smile for everyone.

 

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