REMEMBERING ROSA PARKS, THE SEAMSTRESS ACTIVIST
Though Rosa Parks is best known for her role as a civil rights activist, the Alabama native also worked as a seamstress at the Montgomery Fair department store. She was on her way home from work Dec. 1, 1955, when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger.
At the time, she was working on a dress for personal use. The mustard and gray shawl-collar dress featured a crossover front bodice with a floral and leaf pattern printed on viscose fabric. The dress is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.