Rosa Parks funeral programs



2015-06-26 10:46:25

Rosa Parks funeral programs are the memorial services produced for the funeral of African-American civil-rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913-2005).

Background and Description

Rosa Parks is known as the woman who sparked the American Civil Rights movement, by refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. She is a Civil Rights heroine, and an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.

Her funeral attracted thousands of people.


Ten thousand copies of the Rosa Parks funeral program were printed by a trustee of her estate, in order to prevent the trading of the originals for large amounts of money – seen as exploitation of the funeral event for profit. Proceeds from the $5-$10 sales of the program at the time went towards the Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development.

As a result, Rosa Parks funeral programs are worth very little in monetary terms, but are treasured by individuals affected by her life and significance to the civil rights movement.


While one of the original programs sold for over $150 on eBay directly after the funeral, after the printing of thousands more programs, they are now worth around $10.

Share on social media
Write a response...

Last edit  2016-09-29 16:57:51     wikicollecting


2016-09-29 16:48:54

This additional printing did NOT occur. Photographer, Monica Morgan, put a stop to the mass printing due to copyright of her photos. Monica Morgan's photos of Rosa Parks were used in the printing of the obituary. She only authorized used of her photos for the original printing. Again, Monica Morgan did NOT authorize the reprinting of the obituary due to copyright of her photos used in the production. I worked for the printing company that produced Rosa Parks obituary and was a part of this k

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it