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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks birthplace in Tuskegee, Alabama, ca. 1916. Postcard. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (001.00.00)

The Birth of Rosa McCauley

Shortly after their marriage James and Leona McCauley moved to Tuskegee, Alabama. James found work in Macon County building houses. Leona had to leave her teaching job when she became pregnant. On February 4, 1913, she gave birth to a daughter Rosa Louise, named for her grandmothers. Leona wanted James to teach at Tuskegee Institute, but preferring the more lucrative contracting work, he decided to return to the McCauley farm in Abbeville.