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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Raymond and Rosa Parks’s 1959 income tax return, 1960. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (041.00.00)
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Reversal of Income

This 1959 income tax return form shows the acute financial reversal the Parkses incurred after Rosa’s arrest. They reported an annual income of only $661.00. From 1959 through 1964, Rosa worked as a seamstress at the Stockton Sewing Company. She sewed aprons and skirts for seventy-five cents apiece. Raymond was unemployed from January to August 1959. In October they moved into the Progressive Civic League as the building’s caretakers to reduce expenses.

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