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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Transcript of Rosa Parks’s Trial, December 5, 1955. Document. Frank Johnson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (025.00.00)

Rosa Parks Arrested

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for disorderly conduct for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Civil Rights leader E. D. Nixon bailed her out of jail, joined by white friends Clifford Durr, an attorney, and his wife, Virginia. Rosa did not win her case, which went to trial in the Recorder’s Court of the city of Montgomery on December 5. She was fined $14.00, including court costs. Her attorney Fred Gray appealed, but lost on a technicality.