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
Rosa Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(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.

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Aug 30, 2014 10:43 AM CDT
My father was in the Korean War army @1950-1953. On a leave to go home this tall, skinny, blond man got on a bus to start his long ride home. He wanted to sit where he had ample room for his legs so he sat in the back with the black men. He always believed that all people were the same, doesn't matter the color of their skin. Something he taught his kids and we taught ours. The bus driver, a white man, stopped the bus and told my dad that he couldn't sit in the back, that as a white man he had to sit in the front. My dad told the bus driver that anybody can sit where ever they wanted and he was staying in the back. The bus driver told him that if he didn't move to the front that he would be thrown off the bus. My dad said no. So the bus driver threw my dad and his duffel bag, this tired army soldier that just wants to go home, off the bus and he had to walk @3 hours by the side of the road at night to go home. My dad has died now but will forever be a hero in my heart.
Aug 29, 2014 7:23 PM CDT
One Parks artifact, probably the preeminent one, Buffet will never get his hands on is the bus.... It's part of the Henry Ford Museum's collection.....
Aug 29, 2014 3:20 PM CDT
So basically Parks would be ashamed of her family, selling her off. Literally, instead of taking the things a doing this themselves, they were just looking for a quick payout. these apples fell FAAAAR from the tree.