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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Receipt from Howard Van Lines for move to Detroit, August 5, 1957. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (038.00.00)
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Departure from Montgomery

Beleaguered by constant death threats and notoriety that made finding employment difficult, in August 1957 Rosa, Raymond, and Leona left Montgomery for Detroit. Thomas Williamson, a cousin, wired $300.00 and the Montgomery Improvement Association collected $800.00 to help cover their moving expenses. They stayed with extended family before moving to a small apartment Rosa’s brother, Sylvester, found for them on Euclid Avenue in southwest Detroit.

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