Rosa Parks funeral programs
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.
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