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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Parks Picketing in front of General Motors

Rosa Parks and U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr., picketing in front of General Motors corporate headquarters, Detroit, Michigan, 1986. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (046.00.00)

Parks Picketing in front of General Motors

In 1964 Rosa Parks volunteered on John Conyers’ campaign to represent Michigan’s First Congressional District. After he won, he hired Rosa in March 1965 to work in his Detroit office as a receptionist and administrative assistant. She answered phones, met with visitors, handled constituent cases, and assisted the Congressman with scheduling. The position restored the Parkses’ financial stability. She retired in 1988.

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