Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Rosa Parks Returns to St. Paul AME / Rosa Parks's Faith Guided Her Life
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, passed away in Detroit on Oct. 24, 2005 at the age of 92. Six days later, dressed in the uniform of an AME deaconess, her body arrived by horse-drawn carriage at St. Paul AME, her former Montgomery home church, for a vigil and memorial service. Thousands of Alabamians, including Condoleezza Rice, were joined by actress Cicely Tyson and other guests for tributes and joyful hymns.
The following two days in the nations capital, thousands waited in line for hours to view the unadorned casket in the Rotunda of the U. S. Capitol. She was the first civilian to be accorded the honor to lie in state. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush placed a presidential wreath on the center of the casket.
During a memorial service at Washington's Metropolitan AME Church Mrs. Park's life-long friend Johnnie Carr of Montgomery joined U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Julian Bond and other civil rights leaders. Mrs. Parks was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit on Nov. 2, 2005.
Rosa Parks, who famously refused to give up her seat to whites on a segregated bus during the Jim Crow era, followed her faith.
Rosa McCauley, the daughter of a teacher, attended rural schools until she was 11, then Miss White's School for GirIs in Montgomery's Centennial Hall neigh boyhood. She attended high school at the Alabama State Teachers College and finally earned a high school diploma when she was 21.
She married Raymond Parks, a charter member of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A voting rights activist, he raised funds to support the "Scottsboro Boys."
Deeply religious from childhood, Mrs. Parks made the African Methodist Episcopal Church the center of her life. She was baptized at Mount Zion AME Church at Pine Level when she was 2. She served as church stewardess and taught Sunday School for many years at St. Paul AME Church in Montgomery.
After she and her husband moved to Detroit and joined St. Matthew AME Church, she was elevated to deaconess.
Erected 2018 by Alabama Tourism Department.
Location. 32° 19.995′ N, 86° 17.712′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of East Patton Avenue and Wesley Drive, on the right when traveling east on East Patton Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 706 East Patton Avenue, Montgomery AL 36111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Paul A.M.E. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Beulah Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Huntingdon College (approx. 1.4 miles away); Folmar - Siegelman House (approx. 1.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Moore-Tyson-McPhillips Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fitzgerald Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sidney Lanier High School (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
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