Atlanta attorney Maya A. McKenzie was a Montgomery Alabama county courthouse intern in 2013 when she was assigned to clean up a records vault. In the process, she discovered a collection of rare court documents related to the Montgomery bus boycott. The files included Rosa Parks’ original 1955 arrest record for her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus. Parks was fined $10 or hard labor if she failed to pay. Also in the file was a $1,000 bond for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. posted while he appealed a 1956 conspiracy conviction for his role in the 381-day boycott. The Montgomery boycott ultimately led to the Supreme Court case that ended racial segregation on public transportation. Until recently, the documents were sequestered by the circuit clerk while they awaited a decision on their permanent home.
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