By Sarah Han

Poet laureate and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou died on Wednesday at age 86. She was found in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this morning. Angelou had just canceled an appearance on Friday at a Major League Baseball luncheon due to health reasons, but as of now, there are no further details about the cause of her death.  

Before Angelou became a famous writer, she had a stint in San Francisco working her "dream job." Just 16-years-old at the time, Angelou became the city's first female African American streetcar conductor, a position she coveted as a teen because she loved the uniforms. She wrote about her experiences in her autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom, and she makes references to being on the 7-Haight streetcar in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

RIP, Maya Angelou. Thank you for your accomplishments in literary and SF transit history. 

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