Edwina Justice

This post is submitted to Friday Fictioneers where the challenge is to write a complete story with a beginning, middle and end in 100 words or less.

PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

The train whistled two long blasts, a short one and another long blast indicating it was approaching a highway intersection.

The engineer had experiences on shorter trips. Trips from Chicago to St. Louis carrying hogs, cattle, and sugar beets. On these trips there were no toilets. The men didn’t care if they missed the pot. This engineer had to sometimes wait twelve hours unless there was a stop. Air conditioning was an open window.

Along these trips she got to know hobos and some other “unauthorized passengers.” Often these homeless were surprised to see a black woman as an engineer.


Edwina Justus


RDP Homeless


18 thoughts on “Edwina Justice

  1. Nobbinmaug August 9, 2020 / 6:22 pm

    I’m always amazed by the first ________ person to do whatever. It takes a special kind of strength and determination. I’m equally amazed that there were times people weren’t allowed to do jobs based on ethnicity or gender. I can’t imagine all the advancements we missed out on because somebody wasn’t the right color or gender for the job.


  2. James McEwan August 8, 2020 / 6:01 am

    A black woman engineer is an achievement, perhaps they need to sort out the toilet issue else more women won’t want the job.
    I though this was a carefully crafted story with a clear message.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mike August 7, 2020 / 6:28 pm

    A great piece of social history. Well told

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Bill August 7, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    Wow. What a story. Well told. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Dale August 6, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    What a wonderful piece of history, Danny. Yay Edwina!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Keith's Ramblings August 6, 2020 / 9:51 am

    A great tale and the last line came as quite a surprise. The link was blocked for me too, but thanks to Google I was able to read all about her, and interesting it is.

    Here’s mine!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. loisajay August 6, 2020 / 9:09 am

    This was great, DJ! The RDP for today is ‘homeless’ in case you wanted to tag it….

    Liked by 1 person

  8. draliman August 6, 2020 / 12:42 am

    I couldn’t read the link as it’s blocked in my country, but she sounds like a trail blazer.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Danny James August 6, 2020 / 8:15 am

      Sorry about the link not working. She met many challenges to make that distinction including obviously sex and race.

      Liked by 1 person

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