Smithsonian

Rosa Parks at Police Station

In this 1955 photograph, NAACP activist Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to move to the back of a segregated city bus. Mrs. Parks’s action was the impetus for the Montgomery bus boycott, which was one of the first steps of the civil rights movement.

Credit: “Woman Fingerprinted. Mrs. Rosa Parks, Negro Seamstress, Whose Refusal to Move to the Back of a Bus Touched Off the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama,” Associated Press photo, 1956. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-109643).