When Johnnie “Spider” Footman moved to New York City from segregated Florida, his mother didn’t think he’d last in the Big Apple. “My mother told my uncle, ‘Take him away from here, because he’s going to get killed,’” Footman told the New York Post last year in an interview.  Not only did Footman make it in the city, but he also wound up becoming its longest tenured taxi driver. Footman picked up fares from 1945 until 2012 and, this week, he passed away at the age of 94. Before his death, Footman shared some of his most memorable stories. Check out the video above.

(h/t Gawker)

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