Green (Curtis E.) Photograph Collection

Curtis E. Green and Gregory Lawson standing next to MUNI bus concept drawing
Curtis E. Green and George Lawson next to Lawson National Distribution Company’s MUNI bus concept drawing, circa 1980s, Curtis E. Green photograph collection, MS 75, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Curtis E. Green (1924-2002) was the first African American to administer a major U.S. transit system. Born in Louisiana, he served in the Marine Corps during World War II then moved to San Francisco where he worked as a Muni bus driver beginning in 1945. He worked as a bus driver for twenty years and was promoted to the Director of Personnel and Safety in 1969 and Deputy General Manager in 1973. He was promoted again the following year to General Manager of Muni which he would run until his retirement in 1982.

The Curtis E. Green Photograph Collection consists of 11 photographs documenting the Lawson National Distribution Company’s bus contract with the San Francisco Municipal Railway and the dedication ceremony of the Curtis E. Green Light Rail Center.

Dates: 1975-1987
Collection number: MS 75
Creator: Green, Curtis E.
Collection Size: .1 linear feet (1 folder)

Guide to the Curtis E. Green Photograph Collection

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