Rosa Louise (McCauley) Parks

Rosa Louise (McCauley) Parks (1913 - 2005)

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Rosa Louise Parks formerly McCauley
Born in Tuskegee, Macon, Alabama, United Statesmap
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Died in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United Statesmap
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Rosa Louise McCauley, was born in 1913, to James McCauley and Leona Edwards, in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was frail and experienced poor health, as a child. She came from mixed racial ancestry, with one of her great grandparents, being of Scottish/Irish descent. In the deep south of the time, she was considered non-white, making her subject to Jim Crow laws. Her parents divorced, when she was still young.

Because of the KKK riding past their house and her school burnt down twice, she had grown up with her grandfather standing guard with a shotgun in front of their house. There was much injustice in her life. She became very tired of having to give in and let others take her liberty away. About her famous stand on the bus, she is quoted as saying "All I was doing was trying to get home from work."[1]

In 1932, she married Raymond Parks. Parks, a barber, was an active member, in the NAACP. This led to Rosa's participation, in the organization.

In 1943 she became the secretary of the Montgomery chapter. On December 1, 1955, Rosa's famous incident on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, occurred on which she refused to sit at the back of the bus.

excerpt from Wikipedia: Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".[1] Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio.

Rose Parks Arrest Booking Photo


  1. Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 98-99, Harper Collins Publishing
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 July 2016), Rosa Louise Parks Mccauley, Bellevue, Washington, United States, 25 Oct 2005; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing King County Journal, born-digital text.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 September 2016), Rosa Louise Mccauley in entry for Raymond Parks, Long Island, New York, United States, 25 Oct 2005; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing Newsday, born-digital text.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 December 2016), Rosa Mccauley in household of Sylvester Edwards, Pine Level, Montgomery, Alabama, United States; citing ED 120, sheet 4A, line 2, family 60, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 36; FHL microfilm 1,820,036.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Rosa Louise Parks, 24 Oct 2005; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks Portrait
Rosa Parks Portrait

Rosa Parks Arrest Booking Photo
Rosa Parks Arrest Booking Photo

Rosa Parks at the White House
Rosa Parks at the White House


On 19 Jan 2017 at 10:34 GMT Lori Jo (Everts) DeWitt wrote:

I just discovered that I am also a distant relative of Rosa Parks! I am 35 degrees from her which is amazingly beautiful in my eyes as I am white! To me what counts is what is on the inside as we are all the same without our skin or skin color. God bless her for standing up for what she believed!

On 9 Jan 2017 at 13:55 GMT Rosa (Todd) Morales wrote:

Rosa McCauley Parks climbed out of the box of prejudice that kept everyone who was not white restricted in their daily lives. She was very brave and her action helped Civil Rights become law. I am glad to know I have her as a distant relative.

Rosa is 32 degrees from Dave Rutherford, 31 degrees from John Wayne and 27 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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