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80 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ he 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe Sta- tion Wagon that was owned by Esau and Janie B. Jenkins will be on display as part of Cars at the Capital this fall in Washington D.C. The Jenkins' VW bus was an icon throughout their community and the South. A famous saying of Esau's was painted on the back panel: Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive. In 2014 the family donated the back hatch, along with the engine cover, to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where it remains on permanent exhibit. The Jenkins were pioneers before and during the civil rights movement. As busi- ness owners, community organizers and founders of organizations and institutions, they dedicated their lives to providing opportunities, and hope, to the people of Johns Island, South Carolina and beyond, according to a press release announcing the vehicle display. In the 1940s, using money from farming and selling produce, they would purchase buses to transport children to school and workers to jobs in Charleston. During the bus rides, the Jenkins would teach their adult passengers the information needed to pass the literacy exam so they could become registered voters. Along with others, they were responsible for The Progressive Club, a co-op started in 1948 that housed a grocery store, gas station, daycare and classroom space, the release noted. Leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others participated in workshops there. "The automobile has left an indelible mark in our culture and we believe Amer- ica's automotive heritage should never be lost nor forgotten," said Diane Parker, vice president of the Historic Vehicle Associa- tion. "To support that belief, our mission is to share America's automotive heritage and to tell the human interest stories behind the horsepower, share their cultural impact, and ensure their histories are captured in perpetuity." The Cars at the Capital exhibit annually exhibits important automobiles and this year will also include Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean's 1969 Stingray. The exhibit is located between the National Gallery of Art and the National Air & Space Museum. EDITOR'S NOTE: This ar ticle originally appeared on THE SHOP's website. Sign up for our free eNewsletter that brings all the industry news to your inbox daily at VW Wagon Headed to National Mall T \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... The 1966 Volkswagen Deluxe Station Wagon that was owned by Esau and Janie B. Jenkins will on display as part of Cars at the Capital this fall.

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