Black woman jailed for bus seating incident

Mary Louise Smith
Fri, 1955-10-21

On this date in 1955, an 18-year-old African American woman was arrested for refusing to move out of her seat for a white woman on a public bus.

Before Rosa Parks, in Montgomery, AL, Mary Louise Smith was tried, jailed, and fined $9 dollars because of her stand. She later testified in the similar Bowder v. Gayle case.

1001 things everyone should know about African American History
by Jeffery C. Stewart,
Copyright 1996, DoubleDay
ISBN 0-385-47309-5