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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

James McCauley to Rosa Parks, May 15, 1950. Autograph letter. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (022.00.00)
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James McCauley to Rosa Parks, May 15, 1950. Autograph letter. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (022.00.01)
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Father Apologized to Rosa for Desertion

In 1915 James McCauley moved North seeking work. He visited Pine Level, Alabama, when Rosa was five. Thereafter he traveled from state to state designing and building various structures. Rosa did not see him again until after her marriage. James wrote this letter to apologize for his “desertion of a good wife and two of the sweetest children [that] ever lived.” He ultimately reconciled with his children and grandchildren.

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