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Rosa Parks

On February 4, Rosa Parks (1913-2005) would have turned 110 years old.


Rosa Parks sat down in the front of the Cleveland Avenue bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and refused to give up her seat to a white man.

In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time.

The response to Parks’s arrest was a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted for more than a year and became an international cause célèbre. In 1956, in a related case, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that segregating Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.


Soon after the boycott ended, Parks moved to Detroit, Michigan. She joined the 1963 march on Washington and returned to Alabama in 1965 to join the march from Selma to Montgomery. The many honors Parks received in her lifetime include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1966), the Spingarn Medal (1979), and the Congressional Gold Medal (1999). Upon her death in 2005, she became the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.


Artist Thomas Blackshear II created an original painting for the stamp, which was designed by art director Derry Noyes.


The stamp honoring Rosa Parks is one of three stamps in the civil rights set celebrating freedom, courage, and equality issued in 2013.

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Stamp was issued February 4,  2013

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