Rosa Parks Collection to Be Sold to Settle Estate

Auctioneer may sell thousands of personal items worth $10M
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 8:58 AM CDT
Rosa Parks Collection to Be Sold to Settle Estate
The dress worn by Rosa Parks when she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom is shown. An auction house has been asked to look for a buyer for thousands of Parks' belongings.   (AP Photo)

A collection of thousands of Rosa Parks’ personal items, together valued at upwards of $10 million, will be sold by Guernsey's auction house, the AP reports. The sale is part of a settlement  between her foundation and her nieces and nephews, who challenged her will shortly after her death in 2005.

The collection, expected to go to a museum or university, includes letters, papers, and the hat she was said to be wearing when she famously declined to give her bus seat to a white man. The materials would change the mind of “anyone who views Rosa Parks as a mild, meek woman who for a brief instant stepped out of the shadows,” says the auction company’s head. (Read more Rosa Parks stories.)

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