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Abbeville in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Rosa Parks Lived Here

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By David J Gaines, October 14, 2012
1. Rosa Parks Lived Here Marker
Civil rights pioneer Rosa McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Shortly after her birth her parents James and Leona McCauley, moved here to a 260 acre farm owned by her grandparents, Anderson and Louisa McCauley. Her father, a builder, designed and constructed the Henry County Training School for black students in 1914. After a few years in Henry County, Rosa and her mother moved to Pine Level, Alabama, to live with her maternal grandparents, while her father went north seeking new building opportunities.

Rosa McCauley married Richard Parks of Pine Level in 1932. She returned to Henry County in 1944 on behalf of the NAACP to investigate the alleged rape of a young black mother by seven white youths. Rosa McCauley Parks gained national attention on December 1, 1955 when she refused to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama public bus to a white man. Her refusal to go to the back of the bus sparked a successful bus boycott that earned Rosa McCauley Parks the title of “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement in America.” She died at her home in Detroit, Michigan,

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By David J Gaines, October 14, 2012
2. Rosa Parks Lived Here Marker
on October 24, 2005.
Erected 2006.
Location. 31° 35.585′ N, 85° 17.667′ W. Marker is in Abbeville, Alabama, in Henry County. Marker is on Alabama Route 10 1.3 miles west of U.S. 431, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abbeville AL 36310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry County Training School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Abbeville Southern Railroad / Pelham House (approx. 2.7 miles away); A County Older Than the State (approx. 3 miles away); Henry, The Mother County (approx. 3 miles away); Abbeville/Seven Flags and an Arrow Over Abbeville (approx. 3 miles away); The Southeast Alabama Agricultural School / First Free Secondary School in Alabama (approx. 3.1 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church, South (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Bethune-Kennedy House (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abbeville.
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Rosa Parks Lived Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, October 14, 2012
3. Rosa Parks Lived Here Marker
Rosa Parks & D. H. Lackey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Rosa Parks & D. H. Lackey
This 1956 AP photo of Rosa Parks being fingerprinted by Sheriff D. H. Lackey hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“As a boycott of Montgomery, Alabama's racially segregated buses entered its third month, Rosa Parks was arrested for the second time. One of 115 black Montgomerians including Martin Luther King Jr. to be indicted by the county grand jury on charges of violating a 1921 Alabama law prohibiting boycotts, Parks was taken into custody and jailed on February 22, 1956. Although the Montgomery Improvement Association quickly posted Parks's bail, this wire service photo of the dignified seamstress being fingerprinted by Deputy Sheriff D. H. Lackey appeared the next day on the front page of the New York Times and ran in countless newspapers across the nation.” — National Portrait Gallery
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,987 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama.   4. submitted on August 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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