2005 : Rosa Parks Dies in Detroit

October 24, 2020 all-day

On October 24, 2005, civil rights icon Rosa Parks died at the age of 92 in her adopted hometown of Detroit. As a testimony to her legacy, the front seats of city buses in Detroit and Montgomery, Alabama were adorned with black ribbons in the days leading up to her funeral.  Fifty thousand people visited her casket as it rested for two days in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, the first woman to receive this honor. A seven-hour funeral service was held for her at the Greater Grace Temple Church in Detroit, followed by a procession in which thousands of people came to celebrate one of the bravest and most influential figures of the 20th century. Rosa Parks is buried in Detroit’s Woodlawn cemetery.

Learn more about Parks’ life and legal in the Encyclopedia of Detroit courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society.