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September 10, 2014

Library of Congress to Get Buffett's Rosa Parks Archive

A collection of civil rights icon Rosa Parks' belongings that was purchased last month by Howard Buffett will be loaned for 10 years to the Library of Congress, the Associated Press reports. The son of billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett bought the archive for an undisclosed sum in late August, saying it should made available to the public after years of being kept in storage due to disputes over Ms. Parks's will.

The archive of about 1,500 items includes letters, photographs, clothing, furniture, and the presidential and congressional medals awarded to Ms. Parks, whose refusal in 1955 to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man made her an enduring symbol of the civil-rights movement. The library said items from the collection will be incorporated into an exhibit next spring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act.