December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King jr. (ca. 1955)
National Archives record ID: 306-PSD-65-1882 (Box 93). National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306.
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Exact spot on Dexter Avenue where Rosa Parks waited for the bus that changed history. Montgomery, Alabama.
Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, refused to go to the back of the bus. She was arrested and it was the beginning of the bus strikes that caused the laws to be changed for all African Americans in the United States.
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Carol M. Highsmith, 1946-, photographer.
Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.