Balbir Singh LAX Shuttle Driver Permit

Balbir Sodhi used this license during his role as a taxi driver in Los Angeles and San Francisco from 1987 to around 2000.
Escaping the religious persecution of Sikhs in his native India, Balbir Singh Sodhi emigrated to the United States in 1987, hoping to use his university training in mechanical engineering to make a living. Instead, he drove a taxi for thirteen years in Los Angeles and then San Francisco. By 2000 he had saved enough money to open his own gas station in Mesa, Arizona. He did well helping fellow immigrants as they tried to get a start.
Seven days after terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, Sodhi was shot and killed outside his station, mistaken for an Arab Muslim.
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plastic (overall material)
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metal (clip material)
overall: 2 13/16 in x 4 3/32 in; 7.112 cm x 10.414 cm
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Gift of Rana Singh Sodhi
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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