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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Sylvester and Daisy McCauley’s children, between 1950 and 1965. Shown are Mary (standing), William Patrick (baby), Michael, Shirley, Robert, Deborah, Susan, Elaine, and Rhea. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (039.00.00)

Rosa’s Nieces and Nephews

In 1946 Sylvester and Daisy McCauley moved to Detroit. They purchased a house in the southwest section near River Rouge. Sylvester planted a garden to feed his large family. On Sundays Rosa helped cook dinner using vegetables and fruits from the garden. She doted on her thirteen nieces and nephews and became a surrogate mother to them after their parents’ deaths.