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In pictures: Rosa Parks' life

The bus is now in the Henry Ford Museum, Montgomery, Alabama.

It was on this US bus in 1955 that 42-year-old black woman Rosa Parks politely refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act which was against the law

Rosa is fingerprinted by the sheriff.

Her protest sparked black people to boycott buses for 381 days, led by a little-known Baptist minister at that time - Rev Martin Luther King.

Rosa arrives at court to be tried for her refusal to give up her seat.

She was fined $14 at court - but the bus boycott led to the end of different treatment for black people on public transport

Rosa Parks (right) and Coretta Scott King, wife of assassinated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1988.

Rev Martin Luther King's protest movement brought about the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination in the US

Rosa Parks poses for pictures back on the bus in 1995.

Speaking in 1992, Mrs Parks said of her famous bus protest: "The real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long."

Rosa Parks is given the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999 by the then President Bill Clinton

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, and the Congressional Gold Medal, the US's highest civilian honour, three years later.

Rosa Parks, pictured in 1999.

Rosa died in her sleep at her home in Michigan. She was 92.

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