Safe Bus #315 picks up a passenger bound for Happy Hill Gardens in 1965. The bus stop was on Fourth Street just east of the Reynolds building. Note the 1964 All American City shield on the front of the bus.

In the North Carolina room we learn something new every day, often from our patrons. This morning, a patron came in looking for an article that appeared in Ebony Magazine in December of 1965. Melodie found it online in the vast wonderland that is NCLive.

So, as our last gasp of Black History Month, take a time trip back almost half a century and see what Safe Bus was up to as it neared its 40th anniversary. To view the whole story, go to, click on Online Resources, click on NCLive and type “safe bus” into the search box. The first item that comes up will be the one you are looking for. Once you have supplied your library card number, you will be taken to a PDF of the entire Ebony article.

Herewith, a few of the many pics from that article:


Mary Miller Burns, daughter of a Safe Bus founder, and Hampton D. Haith, for whom the current transportation center is named, were main cogs of the Safe Bus operation in 1965.


Clark S. Brown, owner of a funeral home of the same name, was one of several unpaid officers of the Safe Bus Company. They worked for the good of the community.


Old and new blend in this pic taken at the same bus stop on East Fourth, with the still under construction Wachovia Building (Now the Winston Tower) looming in the background. At the left is the St. Atwine Club Cafe. The building next to it, formerly occupied by the King Cole Grill, was vacant in 1965. Next comes Howard’s Men’s Shop, then the popular Rex Billiards, the legendary Sanitary Barber Shop, the Little Rex Cafe, Longfoster’s Credit Clothing and Jewelry and, at the corner of Fourth & Church, the Red Camel Billiards, named for one of the four cigarette brands test marketed in 1912-13 in the runup to the introduction of Camel cigarettes.

This block, once an integral part of the vibrant black business district east of Church Street, was later demolished to make way for the Phillips Building, soon to be the new home of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department.