WASHINGTON – Rosa Parks' archive of letters, writings, personal notes and photographs has been fully digitized by the Library of Congress and is now available online.
The library announced Wednesday that the collection of 10,000 items belonging to Parks is available to the public.
Her collection was kept from the public for years because of a legal battle between her heirs and friends. But in 2014, philanthropist Howard Buffett bought the collection and placed it on long-term loan at the national library.
The collection presents a more complex portrait of Parks, who is remembered for a single, iconic act of civil disobedience. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, sparking a yearlong bus boycott that helped dismantle formal segregation.