Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks (HM2L91)

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N 32° 25.212', W 85° 41.761'

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— The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail —

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913 - 2005) was an iconic activist during the mid twentieth century civil rights movement. Born in Tuskegee, Parks later moved with her mother to Pine Level located near Montgomery, Alabama. She was encouraged by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to challenge Alabama's segregation laws through passive civil disobedience. On December 1, 1955, with the whites-only section filled, Parks rejected Montgomery bus driver James F. Blake's demand to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her resistance led to a community-wide bus boycott, which lasted for over a year. When asked about her reluctance to give up her seat, she said that she "was tired of giving in." The actions of Parks and others led to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ruling, in Browder v. Gayle, that bus segregation is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment protections for equal treatment. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually upheld this ruling, on November 13,

1956. Parks' actions resulted in her receiving a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 and the Medal of Freedom in September 1996.
HM NumberHM2L91
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2019
Placed ByCity of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation
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Date Added Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 622607 N 3587761
Decimal Degrees32.42020000, -85.69601667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 25.212', W 85° 41.761'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 25' 12.72" N, 85° 41' 45.66" W
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