True grit: trailblazer Edwina Justus, UP’s first black woman train engineer

In a June 1, 2017 article written by Rosemary Eng for North Star News Today, Edwina Justus offers a personal account of what it was like for a black woman to begin work on the American railroad during the 1970’s, when the railroad industry, like most industries in America, was predominantly white and predominantly male.

Despite facing adversity at every bend, Justus persisted, stayed the course and excelled in her field.

Her journey and achievements are showcased at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at a new exhibit entitled: Move Over, Sir!: Women Working on the Railroad. 

Read the entire article here.

Photos of Edwina Justus, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau.