Oct. 10 - Personal items that once belonged to U.S. civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, including never-before-seen writings and her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, are part of a comprehensive archive to be sold in New York. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL She refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in 1955. Her stance changed the course of race relations and thrust her into the center of the civil rights movement. She is none other than Rosa Parks. And her intimate and emotionally handwritten notes, keepsakes and noteworthy memorabilia are all part of a collection which could sell for up to $10 million USD. Guernsey's President said the comprehensive archive is a testament to her character. (SOUNDBITE) Arlan Ettinger President of Guernsey's, saying (English): "Here because Rosa Parks' writings were done at the moment, you have to believe they are very vivid depictions of what was going on in those tumultuous times and they therefore are a very accurate history lesson." Her heroism earned her the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honors in the United States and -- two major pieces included in the archive. Other items include family Bibles, hats, and even a post card sent to Parks from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ettinger insists the more than 8,000 items, will not be split apart by various buyers. (SOUNDBITE) Arlan Ettinger President of Guernsey's, saying (English): "It shouldn't go to a collector because he or she had deep pockets, but a place where future generations can be inspired and take advantage of this. That's all we care about." The archive will be sold as a single collection by Guernsey's Auctioneers and Brokers in New York City. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.