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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks to “friend” concerning racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, between 1955 and 1956. Autograph letter. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (027.00.00)
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Rosa Parks to “friend” concerning racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, between 1955 and 1956. Autograph letter. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (027.00.01)
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Montgomery Fair Department Store

In this letter Rosa Parks describes a routine workday at Montgomery Fair department store to illustrate the daily indignities and humiliations blacks in the Jim Crow South endured. The newspapers, city bus lines, stores, libraries, schools, and churches evince segregation as “a complete and solid pattern.” In conclusion, she elegizes “the lynch-murder of young Emmett Till of Chicago. This case could be multiplied many times in the South. . . .”

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