By: Katelyn Nolan
Rosa Parks was born with the name Rosa Louise McCauley born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, 45 miles east of Montgomery. Rosa was the first born child of James and Leona McCauley. She was name after her maternal grandmother, Rose. Rosa was a tiny baby born with prone and chronic sickness of tonsillitis plagued throughout her childhood. Her father James was a carpenter from Abbeville, Alabama. He was skilled in brick and stone masonry building houses. Rosa mother Leona Edwards, was an elementary school teacher from Pine, Level Alabama. In April 1912, when they both was 24, James and Leona were married at Mt. Zion Church and move to live in Tuskegee. Rosa have younger brother Sylvester. Rosa and her brother was raised by their mother and their maternal grandparents in a small house 18 acre the Edwards family farm in Pine Level.
In the autumn when Rosa was six years old she attend school in Pine level with her brother. It was schoolhouse for black children it hold 60 students from grades one through six. Rosa and other students took their books home with them because they did know if the Klux Klan would burn their school down. At 11, Rosa graduated from the sixth grade of Spring Hill Church School. Rosa mother put her in a private school of Montgomery Industrial School for Black Girls, known as Miss White's School. In Montgomery they opened black junior high school called Booker T. Washington High School. Rosa attended tenth through eleventh at laboratory school of Alabama State College for Negroes. To help pay her tuition, Rosa sometimes cleaned houses and sewing for whites in Montgomery. When she was 16 years old her Grandma Rose died. She returned to school and got...