In the six-page handwritten essay, which some argue is really a personal narrative, Parks recounts the terrifying encounter:
“I was trapped and helpless. I was hurt and sickened through with anger and disgust.”
Parks also writes of the attempted rape: “I was ready to die but give my consent never. Never, never.”
Although some historians are excited about the find, a lawyer for the institute says the letter should have never been made public.
“The fact is she didn’t want the document to be disclosed. It’s equivalent to looking through her diary or journal. … She never authorized any person to look through her private papers.”
Gurnsey Auctioneers discovered the letter amid some of Rosa Parks’ belongings. They are planning to sell Parks’ effects to schools, institutions, museums or private buyers.