ROSA PARKS FACTS
1. Park's madien name was Rosa Louise McCauley.
2. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a teacher.
3. Parks was a life-long member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
4. She was of African-American, Cherokee-Creek, and Scots-Irish ancestory.
5. Parks dropped out of high school because her grandmother and mother became ill. She earned her high school diploma after she married Raymond.
6. Quote from Montgomery Police Department Report: "We received a call upon the arrival the bus operator said he had a colored female sitting in the white section of the bus, and would not move back. We (Day & Nixon) also saw her."
7. Parks received many awards including The Spingarn Medal in 1979, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, and the Congressional Medal of Freedom in 1999.
8. A statue of Rosa Parks is in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall.