Rosa Parks Library and Museum

In 1955, a 42-year-old African-American seamstress engaged in a simple act of civil disobedience that launched a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement.

The seamstress was Rosa Parks, the act of disobedience was refusing to yield her seat on a public bus to a white man, and the pivotal event was the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

On December 5, 1955, four days after her arrest, Rosa Parks was found guilty and the boycott began: in response to her conviction, the African-American community in Montgomery boycotted the city bus line; instead they walked or banded together to organize alternate transportation; the boycott continued strong until 381 days later when the United States Supreme Court ruled the segregation of bus service to be unconstitutional.

The Rosa Parks Library and Museum serves as an historical milestone to those who strive to understand the event that began the famous bus boycott; where visitors used to stand and find only an historical marker and an abandoned building, they now will find a state-of-the-art interactive museum.

The museum is a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery built on the site of the old Empire Theatre where Mrs Parks made her courageous and historic stand in 1955; it occupies the first floor and 7,000 square feet (650 sq m) of a three-story building that also contains the TROY-Montgomery Campus Library.

In a non-violent and non-threatening manner, six distinct and unique areas inside the museum tell the story of bravery and courage of early civil rights activists.

Artifacts include a restored 1955 station wagon, a replica of the public bus on which Mrs Parks was sitting that day, and original historical documents of that era loaned by the City of Montgomery.

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    Rosa Parks Library and Museum
    252 Montgomery Street
    36104 Montgomery
    Tel.: (334) 241-8661

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