[sixties-l] Museum buys civil rights bus (fwd)

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    Subject: Museum buys civil rights bus

    Museum buys civil rights bus

    Sat, 27 Oct 2001

    A museum has bought the bus where civil-rights activist Rosa Parks refused
    to give up her seat to a white man in 1955.

    Michigan's Henry Ford Museum paid almost 343,000 for the bus at an
    internet auction.

    Parks was fined $10 for violating a city ordinance when she refused to give
    up her seat.

    Her arrest set off a year-long boycott of Montgomery's buses, bringing
    national renown to a young Martin Luther King Jr and helping forge the US
    civil rights movement.

    The museum's Steve Hamp called the bus "the most important artifact in
    civil rights history".

    No bus number was written down on police records when Parks was arrested,
    and there have been questions over the years as to whether it would be
    possible to identify the vehicle.

    Ray White, project manager for the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in
    Montgomery, says the documentation that accompanies the bus shows it was
    driven by James Blake, the man who had Parks arrested December 1, 1955.

    Mr White, however, is still not certain it was the bus Parks had been on
    when she was arrested.

    He said: "The information I have is that they moved buses from route to
    route. I'm not saying the bus isn't the bus, but I've not seen proof it was
    the bus she was on."

    Robert Lifson, of online auction company MastroNet, says he was skeptical
    at first, but found newspaper articles kept by Montgomery bus drivers on
    which they had scribbled the number of the bus that Parks was on and the
    driver's name.

    See this story on the web at http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_434582.html

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