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Rosa Parks

Gene Herrick
Rosa Parks, 4 Feb 1913 - 24 Oct 2005
D. H. Lackey
February 22, 1956
Gelatin silver print
Image: 19.3 × 24.3 cm (7 5/8 × 9 9/16")
Sheet: 20.6 × 25.1 cm (8 1/8 × 9 7/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© Gene Herrick/Associated Press
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Born Tuskegee, Alabama
As a boycott of Montgomery, Alabama’s racially segregated buses entered its third month, Rosa Parks was arrested for the second time. One of 115 black Montgomerians—including Martin Luther King Jr.—to be indicted by the county grand jury on charges of violating a 1921 Alabama law prohibiting boycotts, Parks was taken into custody and jailed on February 22, 1956. Although the Montgomery Improvement Association quickly posted Parks’s bail, this wire service photo of the dignified seamstress being fingerprinted by Deputy Sheriff D. H. Lackey appeared the next day on the front page of the New York Times and ran in countless newspapers across the nation.
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National Portrait Gallery
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