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The Bus Where It All Began



The Bus Where It All Began

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.59

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     challenging words:    refused, historic, staying, longer, seat, several, moment, auction, conclusion, resident, transport, winning, daughter, prove, company, remember
     content words:    Rosa Parks, Roy Summerford, Henry Ford Museum, In October


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The Bus Where It All Began
By Erin Horner
  

1     In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. It was an historic moment. It was also an historic bus! Bus #2857 was retired in the 1970s. Since it was no longer being used to transport passengers, the bus was sold. Mr. Roy Summerford, a Montgomery resident, bought it. He parked the bus out in his field. He used it as a shed. Mr. Summerford stored wood and tools in it. After he passed away, Mr. Summerford's daughter, Vivian, wanted to sell the bus. She was sure that the bus was the one that Rosa Parks had so famously ridden on. Now she just had to prove it! An auction house decided to help her. They researched the bus. They interviewed people who had once worked for the bus company. They studied documents. All of their hard work led them to one conclusion: Rosa Parks had ridden on bus #2857 on that historic December day. The bus was auctioned .....
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