GM Coach #2857 | Dearborn, Michigan

ISO 400 | Exposure 1/60 Second | Aperture 4.0 | Focal Length 18.0 mm

This bus, where Rosa Parks made a stand by refusing to give up her seat to a white man on December 1, 1955, is housed at the Henry Ford Museum.  It had been neglected for many years before the museum acquired and restored it.

Mrs. Parks was a 42-year-old seamstress and is said to have taken spontaneous action when bus driver James Blake demanded: “Y’all better make it light on yourselves and let me have those seats.”  She was subsequently arrested; thus, starting the modern civil rights movement.  Mrs. Parks later refuted the legend that she was just too tired to give up her seat saying that, “I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day.  No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

It should be noted that Rosa Parks was far from the first person to resist or challenge bus segregation, but her’s was the case that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which in turn led to larger reforms.

Remarkably, you can sit in Rosa’s seat.  This her view of the bus.

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