Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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a nearby aireld to watch the planes, one time confronting a rail car sitting on the tracks on Selma's Railroad Avenue, blocking her route. She maneuvered herself and her bike under the box car, startling a conductor on the other side, Joyce Cagle said. "He took a deep gasp of air when he saw her," Joyce Cagle said. She could also be spotted riding her bike with her pet roaster on her shoulder, a pro- pensity for attention-getting that apparently followed her into adulthood. "She was great at self-promotion," daugh- ter Joyce said of her mother, who once o ered penny-a-pound plane rides from "Myrtle Airport." As for Myrtle €ompson's brush with space, there were regrets. "Oh, yes. Oh, yes," Joyce Cagle said, not- ing a not-too-distant reaction. "She was still mad about it. … She also considered herself very fortunate." Meanwhile, back at Union Station, you can read up on another Selma headliner, namely Lady Bird Johnson's "Whistle Stop Tour of the South," a campaign for her hus- band, President Lyndon Johnson, not long after he signed the Voting Rights Act of 1964. In her stop in Selma, crowds lined up to get a glimpse of the Southern-bred First Lady in the midst of a four-day trek through eight states and covering 1,682 miles. Selma declared it "Lady Bird Johnson Day." "€ere were endless gifts," Arthur Edson of the Associated Press wrote of the whistle stop tour. "Ham, ˜owers (after the yellow rose of Texas), a peanut plant with the peanuts on its roots, scrolls, and, in Selma, N.C., dog food for 'Him' and 'Her,' the White House beagles." €e rst couple's oldest daughter, Lynda Bird Johnson, then 20, didn't care too much for signs held by supporters of Republican Barry Goldwater, who would carry ve of the eight states the rst lady visited (but not North Carolina) in what otherwise was a Johnson landslide that year. "I don't like one or two signs out there," she said on the Selma stop, "but I'm glad we live in a country where people can have opposing views — and we know in our hearts who's right." Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2019 59 LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY/NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION On the opposite page: Lady Bird Johnson greets well-wishers in Selma in October 1964 during her Whistle Stop Tour of the South ahead of that year's presidential election, pitting President Lyndon Johnson against Republican challenger Barry Goldwater, who would ultimately lose in a landslide. Do you recognize anyone in the crowd? BOB KARP Tommy Price, right, station attendant, greets the Savannah-to-New-York Palmetto line as the Amtrak train roars into Selma's renovated 1924 Union Station.

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