Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rosa Parks Bus

This is the actual bus that Rosa Parks was riding home on December 1, 1955 after a long day at work in Montgomery, Alabama. A white man got on the bus and the driver told the 42 year old Ms. Parks to give up her seat for him. She had a hard day at work as a seamstress and the man looked like he could stand with no problem so she stayed in her seat. The man complained to the driver who stopped the bus and called a policeman aboard. Rosa Parks was escorted off the bus and arrested.

This act led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and forced an end to the discriminatory practice. One more step in a very long journey was started!

Photos were banned in the museum so I had to revert to my old sneaky practice. I see no harm in taking these photos and actually believe that these issues should enjoy wide circulation. I do not feel I am doing anyone any harm by doing what I do. I hope you agree.


This is what Ms. Parks had to say of her actions that day. This is from a 1992 interview:

“I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.”


  1. Thanks for posting that picture Croft, it brought tears to my eyes.


  2. Your reporting on facts we never seem to hear about up here in Canada is the best! Don't stop.


  3. Croft, I live in Cresent beach now but in the fall of 1951 my parents moved to Miami Florida from Toronto.

    I remember being on the buses with 3 or 4 white people sitting in the front and 15 or so black folks crammed in the back making sure that they didn't have a foot on the white line painted on the floor just behind the rear doors.
    Step over that line and the bus driver would let a black person know in terms we would never consider using today to step back.