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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Louisa Collins McCauley (ca. 1851–1941), Rosa Parks’s paternal grandmother. Photograph, ca. 1910. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (004.00.00)

Grandmother, Louisa Collins

Louisa Collins was born in Georgia, the daughter of a mixed-race slave. She married Anderson McCauley, another mixed-race Georgian. Ten of their seventeen children survived to adulthood. All ten were literate. The eldest was Addie (b. 1884) and the youngest was George Gaines McCauley (b. 1904). Rosa lived with her grandparents as a toddler.