Rosa Parks' belongings for sale

June 13, 2008 4:39:09 PM PDT
Thousands of items once belonging to an American legend are up for sale -- the Rosa Parks' archives. But not just anyone can purchase it. The items will only be sold to an organization that will make them available for public viewing. Eyewitness News reporter Michelle Charlesworth got an inside look.

Fifty years after Rosa Parks stood her ground by sitting down in the whites-only section of a public bus -- she died in 2005 -- leaving a lot of memories behind.

"Talking about how she would rather be lynched then to live and be mistreated," said Arlan Ettinger, of Guersney's.

The collection includes the hat she wore in 1955 on the bus, letters from school kids, family pictures and books.

"This postcard sent to Mrs. Parks from Rome in 1957, was sent to her by Martin Luther King," adds Ettinger.

Her other hats, medals of honor and pictures are all here in a nondescript East Harlem storage unit.

The president of Guernsey's Auction House explains because she was a gifted seamstress she changed the brim -- but that photos prove it.

One of the most important considerations was making sure the public would get a chance to see all the memories. And her pancake recipe is yours for free (see recipe below).

But this collection is expected to go for more than $10 million.

Get a little taste of history with Rosa Parks' very own recipe pancake recipe.

Rosa Parks' recipe for "Featherlite Pancakes"


1 Cup of Flour
2 Tablespoons of Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Sugar


1 Egg
1 1/4 Cup of Milk
1/3 Cup of Peanut Butter (Melted)
1 Tablespoon of Shortening or Oil

Combine with dry ingredients.
Cook at 275 degrees on griddle.