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Paper Trails: Following the Civil Rights Movement’s Records

Here, from 58 years ago this week, is the police report on Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who refused to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest helped spark the U.S. civil rights movement and began the end of apartheid in the American south. Thanks to historian Michael Beschloss for circulating this.

Rosa Parks

And here’s one more record — a photograph — from that extraordinary time: three years later, also in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King getting arrested for “loitering.”


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