Woodlawn Cemetery, Final Resting Place of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery and her efforts within the 381-day bus boycott that led to the end of segregation on Montgomery buses.
The historic mausoleum at Woodlawn in now the Rosa Parks Freedom Chapel
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
Learn more about Parks and other women's efforts to confront sexual violence in Danielle McGuire's book, At the Dark End of the Street
Backstory and Context
Local activists, church leaders, and the local leaders of the NAACP took immediate action when they learned of Parks arrest and decided to take a stand and boycott the buses. With the buses and local businesses facing the economic consequences of the boycott, the city of Montgomery began meeting with local church leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. to discuss a negotiated settlement. The boycott only ended after the courts ruled that Montgomery's system of segregation was unconstitutional on December 20, 1956--381 days after the boycott began.
During the course of this boycott, Parks and her husband lost their jobs, as did many other African Americans who joined the boycott movement.
Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005, at the age of 92, in Detroit, Michigan. Her death was marked by several memorial services, among them lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., where an estimated 50,000 people viewed her casket. Rosa was interred between her husband and mother at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery, in the chapel's mausoleum.