Rosa Parks’ Note About Bombing Bought By Family Whose Montgomery Home Was Bombed

| August 2, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama State University

A rare handwritten note by civil rights icon Rosa Parks about how the Ku Klux Klan bombed a neighbor’s home in 1957 in Montgomery will move back to the “City of Dreams.”

The note will be transferred from the rarefied vault of an international auction house on Manhattan’s upper East Side to a climate-controlled enclosure in Alabama State University’s (ASU) archives, thanks to a Montgomery family who lived in the house mentioned in Parks’ note.

The family who bought the 1957 note last Friday from New York City’s Guernsey’s Auction for $9,375 is led by the Rev. Robert (Bob) and Jeannie Graetz, whose home at Mill Street and Cleveland Avenue in Montgomery was bombed by the KKK in the early morning of Jan. 10, 1957. Parks vividly described the bombing in her note.The Graetzes are known as pioneers in Alabama’s civil rights movement, and since retiring from the Lutheran clergy serve as advisers and consultants with ASU’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture.

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