The Digital Journalist
Selected photos from Michael O'Brien's The Face of Texas.
© Michael O'Brien

Annie Mae Hayes (Waxahachie, 1998) - Annie Mae Hayes (1924-2002) was manager and dispatcher for City Taxi in Waxahachie, Texas for twenty-four years. But to friends and family, she was a great deal more.

"We worked together for years," said Bertha Johnson, another dispatcher at City Taxi. "Every time I think of her, I start to cry. She'd go out of her way to help anybody. When someone didn't have a place to stay, she always opened her door. Even though she had nothing, she'd say: 'You can come in and sleep on the floor.' She\'d give you her last dime and do without herself.'"