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Rosa Parks Bus at The Henry Ford - Dearborn, MI

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat up on a public bus to a white man which violated the city’s racial segregation laws.

Rosa’s courageous act is what was considered to spark the Civil Rights movement.

Bus #2857 was retired in the early 1970’s.


Roy H. Summerford purchased the bus and kept it in a field to store lumber and tools.


On October 25, 2001, The Henry Ford Museum purchased the bus on an online auction for $492,000. The museum then began the task of restoring the bus. The bus was first exhibited at The Henry Ford's “Celebrate Black History” program on February 1, 2003.


For more information visit: https://www.thehenryford.org/


Located at: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124‑5029


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