Berley Roberts Sr. was Baltimore's first Black streetcar operator
Catonsville Rails to Trails is recognizing a man who broke barriers in Baltimore transit for his service and courage. The No. 8 Streetcar Mural at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum honors Berley Roberts Sr., a World War II veteran and retired streetcar driver. "Roberts was the first Black streetcar operator on the Baltimore Transit (Company) line. It was 1952, and he was the first one, and that same year, 100 more African American operators were brought on. So, he was a real barrier breaker," said Maureen Sweeney Smith, co-founder of Catonsville Rails to Trails.