The artifacts, which include Parks' Presidential Medal of
Freedom and a postcard signed by Martin Luther King Jr., were
purchased by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation on Aug. 20, said
Detroit-area attorney Lawrence Pepper.
Personal papers, notes, letters from presidents, and various
awards and honorary doctorates were also among the articles,
"For lack of a better term, she was a pack rat," said Arlan
Ettinger, president of Guernsey's auction house in New York,
where most of the material was stored. "She had retained many
things from her long and rich life."
The foundation was not immediately available for comment.
Ettinger said Buffett was not interested in acquiring the
collection for himself, but wants to find an appropriate home
Parks, who died in 2005, became a symbol of the civil rights
movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white
passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. She later moved to
Detroit and worked for Democratic U.S. Representative John
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago and Angela Moore in New
York; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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