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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)

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.