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In 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a movement that became an integral symbol of the Civil Rights movement. The incident that lit this spark occurred on Montgomery's public transit bus 2857. Take an immersive look inside the bus interior and the surrounding print media exhibited at the Henry Ford Museum in Alabama.

Known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the protest was organized and lead by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, it was Rosa Parks, a seamstress turned civil rights activist, who decided on December 5, 1955, that she would not submit to segregation rules for seating on Montgomery buses.

On that day, as described by, "Ms. Parks was commuting home on Montgomery’s Cleveland Avenue bus from her job at a local department store. She was seated in the front row of the “colored section.” When the white seats filled, the driver, J. Fred Blake, asked Parks and three others to vacate their seats. The other Black riders complied, but Parks refused."

Rosa Parks was arrested and fined $10 along with $4 in court fees. She was bailed out of jail by E.D. Nixon, a prominent African American leader who urged that they challenge the segregation ordinance since the Supreme Court had already ruled that it was unconstitutional for schools. The rest is Black history.


Rosa Parks Bus - Video Expose

Courtesy of WDIV Local 4


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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124



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