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

From: monkerud (
Date: Mon Oct 29 2001 - 13:21:29 EST

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    I saw this article too and someone needs to do a rebutal to the often
    mention, "the start of the civil rights movement." As we all well
    know, the civil rights movement began way before this and Rosa Parks
    was no brushing spring bride to the movement. It's necessary that
    people know that it takes people like Rosa Parks were were determined
    and had been fighting for a long time before she refused to give her
    seat up. Her cause was quite unpopular at the time... as many causes
    are currently unpopular. Only in retrospect will people see how
    primitive we are today... what is this the 22nd day of bombing?

    best, Don

    At 2:06 AM -0500 10/29/01, wrote:
    >---------- Forwarded message ----------
    >Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 19:26:59 -0700
    >From: radtimes <>
    >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

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