Historic Markers Across Alabama

Cleveland Court Apartments

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: On Rosa L. Parks Ave, N of Meehan St, Montgomery, AL
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 21.795    W 086° 19.018
  32.36325    -86.31696666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJZ4Q


On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks left work and boarded a downtown bus. Her destination was home, Cleveland Court Apartment No. 634. She didn't make it home that day as she was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white man. This single act of defiance, violating the segregation laws of that time, led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and launched Rosa Parks into the national spotlight. She later became a distinct symbol as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

The apartment complex was built in 1941 and is managed by the Montgomery Housing Authority. Rosa and Raymond Parks in apartment No. 634 until 1957. They moved to Detroit, Michigan after the Montgomery bus boycott ended. The Cleveland Court Apartment building 620-638 was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 2001.

Alabama Historical Association


More Information:
Wikipedia - Montgomery Bus Boycott

Wikipedia - Civil rights movement
Borgna Brunner and Elissa Haney - Civil Rights Timeline
Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wikipedia - Rosa Parks
Academy of Achievement - Rosa Park Rosa Parks

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