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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Thomas, photographer. Rosa Parks (1913–2005), ca. 1950. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00)
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Seamstress

With husband Raymond’s support, Rosa earned her high school diploma in 1933. At the time, few blacks in Montgomery had a high school education, but Rosa still struggled to find a suitable job. She took in sewing work at home on the side and worked as an insurance agent, office clerk, domestic, and nurse’s aide to supplement Raymond’s income.

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