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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Wooden plaque made for Rosa Parks by prisoners in the Federal Prison Camp, Boron, California, n.d. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (066.00.00)

Federal Prison Camp

In later years Rosa Parks wintered in Southern California with friends and family to escape the frigid Michigan temperatures. The Federal Prison Camp in Boron, California, seventy-five miles northeast of Los Angeles, was a self-contained minimum-security prison that operated from 1979 to 2000. On February 8, 1993, the prison’s Black Affairs Committee hosted and saluted Rosa Parks for the annual Black History Month celebration. She had lunch and met with the inmates in the Food Service Annex.