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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks. Reflections on her arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, December 1, 1955, ca 1956–1958. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (029.00.00)
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Rosa Parks. Reflections on her arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, December 1, 1955, ca 1956–1958. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (029.00.01)
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Rosa Parks. Reflections on her arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, December 1, 1955, ca 1956–1958. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (029.01.02)
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Rosa Parks. Reflections on her arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger, December 1, 1955, ca 1956–1958. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (029.01.03)
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Incarceration at the Montgomery City Jail

The Rosa Parks Papers include autobiographical writings, notebooks, notes, and interviews documenting Parks’s defiant stand and the drama of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks begins these notes by describing her arrest by two white policemen. She recounts the emotional pain she felt during her brief incarceration at the Montgomery city jail. Finally, she considers the broader impact “of what the criminal Jim Crow had done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world.”

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