The Woman In The Snow
By : Ayshia Robinson
Imagine living in the 1950s when segregation and racism was very bad and blacks did not have any rights. Majority of the time blacks were forced to give up their seats to whites and go to the back of the bus. In 1995 Montgomery, Alabama , like many southern towns , was racially segregated. Even though seventy-five percent of the city's bus riders were African Americans, they had to give up their seats to white riders. African Americans started to boycott buses and carpool or walk for an entire year until the U.S Supreme Court forced the city to integrate buses.
One night a colored woman's baby was very sick and she needed to take the bus to the hospital and if she did not her baby would die because of her fever and the cold night. She did not have anything but her gold wedding ring, she did not even have on a hat, gloves, or boots just a lightweight jacket over her flimsy dress. As she tried to get a ride, the bus driver would not let her on because she did not have any money. She told him constantly that her baby was sick and that she would pay him in the morning, he told her that if she did not have any money then she could not ride. When the morning came the lady and her baby were pronounced dead because they were frozen to death.
Mrs.Eula Mae Daniels haunted the last shift on Hall Street Express for years. Every first snowfall passengers and drivers reported that they had seen the ghost of Eula Mae Daniels clutching to her baby as she ran through the snow. A year later, the same bus driver had to drive the bus to the Hall Street Express again. Just as before, a storm heaped several inches of snow onto the city making driving extremely hazardous. By nightfall Grady decided to close the route. But just before the night ended, he seen the ghost of Mrs.Eula Mae Daniels.
As her ghost approached the bus the exact same way she did one year ago, the gray coldness of fear slipped into the drivers seat. As she stepped out of the headlight and approached the door, Grady did not open the door, he just looked at the lady who stood outside the door waiting ... waiting. Grady felt out of control as fear moved his foot to the gas pedal, careening the bus into oncoming traffic. As the headlights of a truck struck through the window fear made Grady hit the brakes. The back of the bus went into a sliding spin, slamming into a tree. As his stomach crushed against the steering wheel he heard a woman's sobs, a baby wailing, or maybe he was just hearing the wind.
Twenty-five years later, Ray Hammond became the first black Metro driver hired. He was given the last shift on the Hall Street Express. Before he saw her, he'd just made up his mind to close down the route and head back to the garage. He got so scared that every hair on his head stood up. He was so curious that even though it scared him, he could not stop looking at her as she approached the bus. When she stopped at the door, he opened the door and let her on. She sobbed and the baby wailed just as they did 25 years ago, he told them to stop all that crying and take a seat then he paid her fine.