Black woman jailed for bus seating incident


Mary Louise Smith
Date: 
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.

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