Historic Markers Across Alabama

Rosa Parks Lived Here

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: Highway 10 west from Abbeville at mile marker 133
County: Henry
Coordinates: N 31° 35.585    W 085° 17.667
  31.59308333    -85.29445
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMFKD1


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Civil rights pioneer Rosa McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Shortly after her birth her parents, James and Leona Edwards 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 woman 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 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.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the Henry County Historical Group, State Representative Locy Baker, and State Senator Myron Penn, 2006


More Information:
Wikipedia - Rosa Parks
Academy of Achievement - Rosa Park Rosa Parks
Wikipedia - Civil rights movement
Borgna Brunner and Elissa Haney - Civil Rights Timeline

Marker Dedication or Erection Date: April 9, 2006

End of Rosa Parks Lived Here