Auction house seeks to sell Rosa Parks collection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lots of the possessions of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, including the hat she may have worn when she wouldn't give up her seat on a bus, will soon be auctioned off.

A probate court judge in Detroit has asked Guernsey's auction house to find a single buyer for thousands of Parks' personal items, preferably a museum, university or other institution.

The collection includes her presidential and congressional medals, a post card from Martin Luther King, letters and a tattered schoolbook, "How to Speak and Write Correctly," that she kept from her student days.

Proceeds from the sale will be split between the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, which was created to teach young people leadership and character development, and Parks' relatives. There's no deadline for the sale.

Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey's estimates the collection could be worth 10 million dollars.


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