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Rosa Parks

Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

— Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park —

 
 
Rosa Parks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
1. Rosa Parks Marker
Inscription.  
Civil rights activists Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The City of Montgomery had no choice but lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP’s highest award. The bus incident led to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led by the young pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The association called for a boycott of the city-owned bus company. The boycott lasted 381 days and brought Mrs. Parks, Dr. King, and their cause to the attention of the world. A Supreme Court decision struck down the Montgomery ordinance under which Mrs. Parks had been fined, and outlawed racial segregation on public transportation.

In 1957, Mrs. Parks and her husband moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Mrs. Parks served on the staff of U.S. Representative John Conyers. The Southern Leadership Council established an annual Rosa Parks Freedom Award in her honor. After the death of
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her husband in 1977, Mrs. Parks founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development. The Institute sponsors an annual summer program for teenagers called Pathways to Freedom. The young people tour the country in buses, under adult supervision, learning the history of their country and of the civil rights movement. President Clinton presented Rosa Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996. She received a Congressional Gold Medal in 1999.

Mrs. Parks spent her last years living quietly in Detroit, where she died in 2005 at the age of 92. After her death, her casket was placed in the rotunda of the United States Capitol for two days, so the nation could pay its respects to the woman whose courage had changed the lives of so many. She is only the woman and second African American in American history to lie in state at the Capitol, an honor usually reserved for Presidents of the United States.
 
Erected by Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #42 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 4, 1913.
 
Location. 28° 39.242′ N, 80° 50.669′ 
Rosa Parks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
2. Rosa Parks Marker
W. Marker is in Mims, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Freedom Avenue, 0.3 miles south of Parker Street, on the left when traveling south. Located within the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims FL 32754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (a few steps from this marker); March On Washington (a few steps from this marker); Voting Rights Act (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Tyson Moore (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Riders (within shouting distance of this marker); Groveland Four (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown v. Board of Education (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Homesite (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mims.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rosa Parks. (Submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on July 24, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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