Plaque awarded to Percival Bryan by the D. C. Taxicab Commission and the D. C. Committee
brass (alloy), plastic, satin, wood.
October 2, 1990
Born in Galena, St. Mary’s Parish, Jamaica, Percival Bryan (1906–1996) came to the United States in 1924 as a stowaway in search of adventure and opportunity. He settled in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involved himself with various social and civic organizations, and was instrumental in forming the Caribbean American Inter-cultural Organization. He worked as a White House butler under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), Harry S. Truman (1884–1972), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969). Bryan also served as a chauffer for Attorney General Homer S. Cummings (1870–1956) before becoming a cab driver. An autograph collector, Mr. Bryan collected over 100,000 signatures of notable individuals.
Percival Bryan Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Rose Dyke