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Rosa Parks might be known for taking an epic stand against segregation, refusing to give up her seat to a white man in December of 1955. However, her story does not end there. After this epic moment in Civil Rights History, she lost her job as a seamstress after financial sanctions were imposed against civil rights activists. Her husband quit working after he was barred from mentioning his wife or her efforts for civil rights.

Rosa, like many Blacks in the South went North for better opportunities and safety. She moved to Detroit, joining her brother and living in his modest, two-story home. Rosa Parks’ niece, Rhea McCauley, bought back the family house for $500; however, had trouble finding anyone to help her save it from demolition.

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