Baby born on Queen City Trailways bus, named Queenie


On June 5, 1950, Myrtle Melvin of North Carolina gave birth to a baby girl in the back seat of a Queen City Trailways bus.

She kept the baby wrapped in seat covers until the bus arrived at its destination, Fayetteville.

Myrtle later decided to name the baby Queenie, “in honor of the bus company.”

Update, 2/10/13: Just found a record in the North Carolina Birth Index that could be Queenie: Queen Esther Melvin, born June 5, 1950, in Cumberland, North Carolina.


  • Hall, Douglass. “Baby Born on Bus With Waitress Acting as Midwife.” Washington Afro-American, 13 Jun. 1950: 12.
  • “Negro Baby Born on Bus Named ‘Queenie’.” Rock Hill Herald 7 Jun. 1950: 2.

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