Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Louis McCauley Parks was arrested on this site for refusing the order of city bus driver J. F. Blake to vacate her seat under the segregation laws of the Jim Crow era. She was taken to police headquarters at City Hall for booking, then to the municipal jail on Ripley Street. Civil rights leader E. D. Nixon, accompanied by attorney Clifford Durr, soon arrived to post her bail. Parks's arrest galvanized black leaders to organize a boycott of the bus system for Dec. 5, the date she was to appear in Municipal Court. Her conviction and the success of the one-day bus protest inspired the creation of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) to continue what came to be known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Erected 2015 by the Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.59′ N, 86° 18.68′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Molton Street, on the right when traveling south on Montgomery Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tribute to Montgomery's "Foot Soldiers" (a few steps from this marker); The First White House of the Confederacy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montgomery’s Slave Markets / First Emancipation Observance - 1866 (about 600 feet away); Naming the City of Montgomery / Brigadier General Richard Montgomery (about 600 feet away); Judge Frank M. Johnson: Judicial Fairness in the Age of Segregation (about 600 feet away); Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Court Square Fountain (about 700 feet away); The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. History Channel article on the Bus Boycott (with photos). (Submitted on December 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Rosa Parks. (Submitted on December 5, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.