Rosa Parks Lived Here
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, on October 24, 2005.
Location. 31° 35.585′ N, 85° 17.667′
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.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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