How is the Rosa Parks bus project being
To purchase the bus, the Museum drew funds from a special endowment
reserved for the acquisition of historical objects for the collection.
To celebrate the 46th anniversary of the event and to reunite Mrs.
Parks with the bus, The Henry Ford collaborated
with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development to
host a reception on December 1, 2001. Funds raised specifically
through this event were part of a special initiative to support
both the museum and the institute. Generous donations were made
by Delphi Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Company Fund, DaimlerChrysler
Fund, National City Bank, United Auto Workers, and various individuals.
In a separate and individual action, The Henry Ford submitted a federal funding application in April, 2002,
to the Save America’s Treasures program administered by the
National Park Service. A grant from this prestigious program was
awarded to HFM&GV in October, 2002 to help defray the cost of
restoring the bus.