Rosa Parks Collection to Be Sold to Settle Estate

Auctioneer may sell thousands of personal items worth $10M
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2008 8:58 AM CDT
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)
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(Newser) – 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.