Claudette Colvin was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
The records of the juvenile court for Claudette Colvin a civil rights activist who, in 1955, refused to surrender her seat to a White passenger in an Alabama bus, have been sealed, destroyed, and removed after a judge’s decision.
Colvin who is now 82 was detained when she was 15 years old for refusing to offer her seat to a White passenger on a coach in Montgomery. The incident took place nine months prior to Rosa Parks’ far more famous arrest for an identical action of civil disobedience during the Jim Crow era.
The Alabama Family Court judge, in the month of November, approved Colvin’s request the month before to erase her criminal record. Montgomery County Juvenile Judge Calvin Williams on November 24, signed the order requiring all records destroyed which included all information pertaining to the arrest.
The judge granted the motion of Colvin for seal on good grounds and fairness “what has since been recognized as a courageous act on her behalf and on behalf of a community of affected people,” Williams declared.
Colvin was accused of two counts of committing a violation of Montgomery’s segregation law and one felony charge of assaulting an officer. Colvin was found guilty of all charges in juvenile court. However, the segregation verdicts were overturned upon appeal.
Put on an “indefinite probation” after her conviction for assault, Colvin was never informed that her probation was over or not.