Buffett's Son Buys Rosa Parks Items, Will Donate Them

Collection includes hat she may have worn on famous bus ride

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2014 11:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – One lucky museum will be getting a treasure trove in the form of hundreds of items belonging to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. A foundation run by Howard Buffett, son of Warren, has purchased the items—including a postcard from Martin Luther King Jr. and a hat Parks may have worn when she made history for refusing to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama—and intends to donate them to a soon-to-be-chosen museum or institution. "I thought about doing what Rosa Parks would want," Buffett tells the AP. "I'm only trying to do one thing: preserve what's there for the public's benefit."

The collection of more than 1,000 items also includes clothing, lamps, and Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom. All have been gathering dust in a New York warehouse as family and friends battled over Parks' will. "I doubt that she would want to have her stuff sitting in a box with people fighting over them," says Buffett. He didn't disclose what he paid, but an attorney for Parks' heirs says the price was $4.5 million. In less-happy news, copper thieves this week ransacked the Alabama apartment where Parks lived, the AP reports separately.

Rosa Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal.
Rosa Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
A copy of the New Testament, left, and an address book that belonged to Rosa Parks.
A copy of the New Testament, left, and an address book that belonged to Rosa Parks.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A rosary that belonged to Rosa Parks is displayed at Guernsey's auction house in New York.
A rosary that belonged to Rosa Parks is displayed at Guernsey's auction house in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A pair of  eyeglasses and and a typing textbook that belonged to Rosa Parks.
A pair of eyeglasses and and a typing textbook that belonged to Rosa Parks.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This an undated photo shows Rosa Parks riding on a bus in Montgomery, Ala.
This an undated photo shows Rosa Parks riding on a bus in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/Daily Advertiser)
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