This podcast is part of the series: BCRI Oral History
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Rosa Powell Washington was born in Davenport, Montgomery County, Alabama in 1912. When she was eight years old, her father decided to leave the farm to find work in the city. Married at 22 years old, Washington moved to Pittsburgh with her husband, who died five years later of tuberculosis. By the time she was 27 years old, her mother and father had also died and she was left to raise a deceased brother's five children. Eventually, she was hired to work at the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Birmingham. She retired as an Information Clerk for Greyhound after 37 years and 4 months. Listen to Rosa Washington remember that fateful Sunday when the Freedom Riders arrived at the Birmingham Greyhound Bus Station in 1961.