The Henry Ford to showcase 1966 Volkswagen Micro Bus as a part of the Hagerty Drivers Foundation’s National Historic Vehicle Register

1966 Volkswagen “Micro Bus.”

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, in partnership with the Hagerty Drivers Foundation’s National Historic Vehicle Register, will welcome a rotating choice from the Register’s prestigious group of serious American cars. This particular pop-up will showcase a brand new automobile from the Register each six months. On January 14, the subsequent automobile to be featured is a 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe Station Wagon “Micro Bus,” the first technique of transportation for a pair on the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina.

In the Forties, Esau and Janie B. Jenkins, a married couple from Johns Island, South Carolina, set forth to enhance the lives of African Americans of their state. Motivated to make a distinction, the Jenkins established the Progressive Club in 1948, a neighborhood heart and co-op that supplied the whole lot from voter and literacy training to childcare and a spot to buy groceries.

Through the course of their work, the Jenkins helped register 1000’s of African American voters on the Sea Islands working with Civil Rights leaders Septima Clark and Bernice Robinson. The Jenkins, Clark and Robinson would go on to develop a Citizenship School on the Progressive Club in 1957—the primary of many within the South throughout the Civil Rights Movement. Among their numerous acts of advocacy to uplift the neighborhood, the Jenkins went on to ascertain the Citizens’ Committee of Charleston County and based the C.O. Credit Union to provide African Americans entry to truthful monetary providers.

The 1966 Volkswagen turned the Jenkins’ major technique of transportation and even sported Esau’s motto: Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive. This phrase was hand painted on the rear engine cowl and hatch and the phrases “Citizens’ Committee” coated the perimeters of the inexperienced automobile. This Volkswagen turned a fixture within the Charleston space and an emblem for change and social justice.

In 2014, the Jenkins household donated the rear panels with Esau’s moto to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

In 2019, the Historic Vehicle Association (now the Hagerty Drivers Foundation) and the household determined to protect the automobile as an unrestored artifact fairly than restore it to working situation. Today, the automobile stays within the care of the Jenkins household.

This particular show is included with admission to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. For extra info, go to or comply with The Henry Ford on social media @thehenryford.

About The Henry Ford

Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally acknowledged vacation spot, fosters inspiration and studying from hands-on encounters with artifacts that characterize essentially the most complete assortment anyplace specializing in innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its distinctive venues embrace Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public constitution highschool. Together with its on-line presence at, its nationwide tv collection The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Invention Convention Worldwide, the rising affiliation of organizations fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in Okay-12 college students, The Henry Ford conjures up people to unlock their potential and assist form a greater future.

About The Hagerty Drivers Foundation’s National Historic Vehicle Register

The National Historic Vehicle Register information the vital historical past of America’s vital cars, preserving their info for future generations in perpetuity on the Library of Congress. Following the mannequin of preservation work and laws that has existed on the federal stage for vital buildings, bridges, and airplanes, however by no means vehicles, the Historic Vehicle Association (now the Hagerty Drivers Foundation) initiated a collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2013 to incorporate cars within the Historic American Engineering Record by way of a National Historic Vehicle Register program. Following standards set forth by the Heritage Documentation Programs and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards, many extra automobiles might be added sooner or later.

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