05.03.21 – WIREGRASS

This week I’m on the road down in the Wiregrass region with the support of the Wiregrass Museum of Art. One of the first locations I visited is the site where Rosa Parks once lived, just outside of Abbeville in Henry Co.

Shortly after her birth in Tuskegee in 1913, Parks’ parents moved the family to a 260 acre family farm at this location in Henry Co. Thirty years later, Parks returned to Henry Co. on behalf of the NAACP to investigate the rape of a Black mother by seven white young men. In 1955 she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus and became known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement of America.”