MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Police say thieves have struck the apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus.
Montgomery police Sgt. Denise Barnes said detectives are seeking suspects who ripped and stole copper wiring from Parks' former apartment and six other now-vacant units being renovated. Barnes said workers discovered the thefts Monday. Police believe the crimes happened between 4 p.m. Friday and Monday.
Parks' former apartment at 634 Cleveland Court is listed as her address in the 1955 police report following her arrest on a Montgomery city bus.
Her refusal to give up her seat in defiance of a Montgomery law sparked a yearlong bus boycott and became an enduring symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.