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Extraordinary Rosa Parks Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $960
Photo signed by Rosa Parks (1913-2005), African American civil rights activist. The photo, which pictures Parks standing in what appears to the be the front pew of a church, is signed and dated in black fine-point marker (grading "10") in the upper left corner "Rosa Parks 3/21/95." To the right of her image Parks has handwritten Verse 1 from Psalm 27 of the Bible: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" This is a very rare, unusual, and extremely substantial inscribed Rosa Parks photograph. In fact, we have never before seen an example that is more visual or elaborately inscribed. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a forty-two-year-old African American women, boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after work and headed home. What happened next marked one of the key moments in the history of the civil rights movement in the United States. After refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, as required by law at the time, Parks was arrested. That arrest led to both major protests and a boycott of the Montgomery City Bus lines by the black community. The national attention to Parks' arrest and its subsequent aftermath proved to be pivotal in the direction of the civil rights movement and helped bring Martin Luther King Jr. (who organized the bus boycott) to the forefront of the fight for racial equality. Today, Rosa Parks remains an iconic historical figure and is revered as "The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement." The photo (9 x 9.5 inches) displays a few very slight surface wrinkles (most visible only when viewed at certain angles) and is otherwise in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 14.75 x 15.25 inches. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $960
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