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Claudetta Was Arrested
  • Patricia A. Montgomery
    born 1952
    born: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States ; active: United States
  • Claudetta Was Arrested, circa 2014
  • Tribute to Civil Rights Movement Heroines
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton fabrics, stripped piecing, decorative stitches, textile thread painting, digital images, buttons
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: small coat
  • Patricia A. Montgomery, Artist
  • Not on display
  • EL2017.021
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Narratives of the Soul", 08-Jul-2017
This quilted coat represents Claudetta Colvin, a school girl who was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 2, 1955—nine months before the arrest of Rosa Parks. On February 1, 1956, Colvin was one of the four plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, a District Court case that found Montgomery’s segregated public bus system unconstitutional.