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Rosa Parks Check Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,259
Collection of ten personal checks, each signed by Rosa Parks (1913-2005), African-American civil rights activist. Ideally, all of the checks have been encapsulated: five by James Spence Authentication and five by PSA/DNA. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a forty-two-year-old African-American women, boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after work and headed home. What happened next marked one of the key moments in the history of the civil-rights movement in the United States. After refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, as required by law at the time, Parks was arrested. That arrest led to both major protests and a boycott of the Montgomery City Bus lines by the black community. The national attention to Parks' arrest and its subsequent aftermath proved to be a pivotal turning point in the direction of the civil-rights movement and helped bring Martin Luther King Jr. (who organized the bus boycott) to the forefront of the fight for racial equality. Today, Rosa Parks remains an iconic historical figure and is revered as "The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement." Offered here are ten Rosa Parks personal checks, dating between the years 1971 and 1992, each signed in blue (9) or black (1) ink by "Rosa L. Parks." All of the signatures are boldly scripted and grade "9" or "10." Each check bears Parks' name and address printed at the top and is drawn on either the "Michigan Bank" of Detroit (4) or the "First Independence National Bank" of Detroit (6). The majority of the checks (6) have been made out to "St. Mathew AME Church." The dates of each check are as follows: 1/15/71, 2/22/71, 4/1/71, 4/26/71, 5/24/71, 1/2/72, 5/6/79, 6/4/79, 8/21/83, and 7/27/92. All of the checks (6 x 2.75 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and are in Excellent to Mint condition overall, with no folds, tears, or creases. Years ago Rosa Parks' personal checks were sold by her representatives, but the quantity was not large, and these seem to have been easily absorbed by the collecting world. Today Rosa Parks checks are rarely seen. These ten were purchased by our consignor many years ago when they first became available. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $3,259
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