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Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Rosa Louise Parks

"Mother of the Civil Rights Movement"

— 1913-2005 —

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 20, 2021
1. Rosa Louise Parks Marker
Inscription.  An American civil-rights activist, born in Tuskegee, Alabama as Rosa Louise McCauley. A seamstress and long-time member of the Montgomery, Alabama chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), her December 1, 1955, arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. This successful protest, which lasted just over a year, marked the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr. to national prominence as a civil-rights leader and provided the model for future nonviolent movement actions. Fired from her job and unable to find work, Parks moved in 1957 to Detroit, where she remained active in the civil-rights movement and worked (1965-88) as an aide to Congressman John Conyers. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest honor, in 1999. Mrs. Parks spent her last years living quietly in Detroit, where she died in 2005 at the age of 92.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is December 1, 1955.
 
Location. 32° 50.187′ 
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N, 83° 37.902′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Street (Business U.S. 41) and 1st Street, on the right when traveling north on Poplar Street. Marker is in Rosa Parks Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Medal of Honor (a few steps from this marker); Macon and Bibb County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall & Old Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); City Auditorium (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capricorn Park (about 600 feet away); St. Joseph's Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); Walton Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
 
Also see . . .  Rosa Parks: Bus Boycott, Civil Rights & Facts. Biography of the civil-rights icon. (History Channel) (Submitted on November 26, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Rosa Louise Parks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 20, 2021
2. Rosa Louise Parks Marker
Rosa Louise Parks image. Click for full size.
Ebony Magazine via National Archives/Public domain, 1955
3. Rosa Louise Parks
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who spearheaded the Montgomery bus boycott, is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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