A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors’ home has been purchased at auction by the couple who were targeted in the attack.
Alabama State University announced that the Rev. Robert Graetz and his wife Jeannie purchased the letter by Parks describing the bombing of their home. The couple plan to donate the letter to the university.
The Graetzes were among the few white supporters of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement. Parks, who was the couples’ neighbor and friend, sparked the boycott after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.
Parks and her husband came over to help the couple after the bombing.
Jeannie Graetz told the Montgomery Advertiser that the letter, in which she described the family as unharmed badly shaken, “just reminds you of a friend that we miss.”
“It’s like she was just talking to us, like she was coming over to help,” Jeannie Graetz said of the letter.
The family purchased the 1957 letter from New York City’s Guernseys Auction for $9,375.