Greyhound, the biggest intercity bus company in North America, will be feting its 100th anniversary by dispatching mobile museums throughout the US that may harken old memories for those who've crisscrossed the continent the old-fashioned way, before the days of bargain-basement airline tickets.
The cross-country tour will include two buses converted into mobile museums that will feature vintage signage, driver uniforms, interactive touchscreen displays and a wall that traces the company's transformation over the years.
Over the years, the company has played a supporting, lead or catalyst role in a few defining moments in history.
For example, more than a decade before Rosa Parks sparked a civil rights revolution by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, another moment of bravery was played out on a Greyhound bus in 1944, when Irene Morgan stood up to the bus driver and likewise refused to give up her seat to a white person.
After being arrested, her conviction was eventually overturned when the Supreme Court ruled that passenger segregation was unlawful on interstate buses.
Morgan was traveling on a bus from Gloucester County, Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland.
Back on the tour, classic coaches have also been restored to their former glory and will be joined by their 21st century incarnation, which now features amenities like free Wifi, leather seats, power outlets and more legroom.
The tour started off in Boston last month and will travel throughout the US, visiting 40 cities over the next six months. The next stop is scheduled for Philadelphia on Saturday, June 14.
For details on the Centennial Tour visit www.greyhound.com/EN/CentennialTour.aspx.