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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Anderson McCauley (1849–1917), Rosa Parks’s paternal grandfather, ca. 1900. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.00.00)

Grandfather, Anderson McCauley

Anderson McCauley was born in Georgia, the son of Ghiogee, a Creek Indian, and Charles McCauley, a soldier of Irish and Cherokee descent. Around 1884 he moved to Abbeville, Alabama, and ultimately acquired more than 500 acres. Anderson and his wife Louisa became parents of seventeen children. He worked with his sons building houses across Alabama’s Black Belt region.