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SHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - April 8, 20141. Mid pan: storage facility hallway to Guernsey's storage unit2. Mid: boxes storing Rosa Parks archive items3. Tracking: dresses hanging on rack4. Mid: mirror, comb, and hair brush on table5. Tight: hair brush bristles6. Mid tracking: Guernsey's representative showing contents of storage unit. Upsound: "All of these boxes, these large boxes on the bottom are all of her clothing."7. Tight: label on box showing 'Rosa Parks Archive'8. Tilt down: gold dress belonging to Parks9. Tight: key to city of Washington D.C. presented to ParksAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - March 13, 201410. SOUNDBITE: (English): Arlan Ettinger, President Guernsey's Auctioneers: (transcript below)11. Tight: Ettinger showing Parks' schoolbook12. Mid: Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom in caseFILE/AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyWashington - September 15, 199613. Mid: Clinton and Parks on stage at podium in ceremony honoring ParksAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - March 13, 201414. Zoom in: Ettinger showing hatAP Photos - AP Television Clients OnlyMontgomery, Alabama - December 1, 195515. Still image: file photo Parks on busAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - April 8, 201416. Mid pan: Parks memorabilia on shelf in storage unitAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - March 13, 201417. Mid: postcard from Martin Luther King Jr. to Parks18. Tight: Martin Luther King Jr.'s signature on postcardAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyFarmington Hills, Michigan - Mar. 27, 201419. SOUNDBITE: (English): Elaine Steele, Rosa Parks longtime friend, Head of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development: (transcript below)++SOUNDBITE COVERED WITH SHOTS 18, 20++AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - March 13, 201420. Zoom in: Rosa Parks' Congressional Medal of Honor AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyFarmington Hills, Michigan - Mar. 27, 201421. SOUNDBITE: (English): Elaine Steele, Rosa Parks longtime friend, Head of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development: (transcript below)AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - March 13, 201422. Tight pan: Parks' written noteAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyWashington - April 2, 201423. SOUNDBITE: (English): Rex Ellis, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture: (transcript below)AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - April 8, 201424. Tight: Parks' National Women's Hall of Fame medal25. Tilt up: red dress belonging to ParksAP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - March 13, 201426. Tight: certificate for Presidential Medal of Freedom AP Television - AP Television Clients OnlyNew York - April 8, 201427. Tight: photo of Parks marching with Martin Luther King Jr.28. Wide tilt down: Manhattan storage facility VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:IN THIS NON-DESCRIPT PUBLIC STORAGE UNIT IN EAST HARLEM SITS A PILE OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS…A CLOTHES RACK FILLED WITH WOMEN'S DRESSES…A BRUSH WITH HAIR STILL ON IT. (NATS)BUT THE ITEMS DON'T BELONG TO JUST ANYONE... THEY ARE PART OF ROSA PARK'S LEGACY.SOME OF HER MOST VALUABLE POSSESSIONS TUCKED AWAY IN BOXES, UNSEEN FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. SOUNDBITE: Arlan Ettinger/President Guernsey's Auctioneers:"These objects reflect her entire life, beginning with, well, beginning with her birth."FROM HER CHILDHOOD SCHOOLBOOKS, TO THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM GIVEN TO HER BY PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON…EVEN A HAT SHE MAY HAVE WORN THAT DAY SHE REFUSED TO GIVE UP HER SEAT ON A MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA BUS…THOUSANDS OF CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORABILIA ENDED UP IN THE HANDS OF AN AUCTION HOUSE AFTER A LEGAL SQUABBLE BEGAN BETWEEN PARKS' HEIRS AND FRIENDS.SOUNDBITE: Elaine Steele/Head of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development"The valuable mementos are at Guernsey's in New York, because the court ordered them to be there.//"I think they should not have been taken to begin with. I feel that they were stolen, that Mrs. Parks wanted the things so that the people could see it."AMONG THE POSSESSIONS, HANDWRITTEN NOTES, WHEN PARKS MARCHED ALONGSIDE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ITEMS SMITHSONIAN CURATOR REX ELLIS SAYS BELONG IN A MUSEUM OR RESEARCH FACILITY. SOUNDBITE: Rex Ellis/Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture"This young woman was out writing down testimony in rural places that not too many people would have gone. Not too many men would have gone. And so it is that Rosa Parks that we need to know and obviously these documents might help us understand."BUT UNDER A COURT ORDER, THE ITEMS MUST BE SOLD TOGETHER. AND NO INSTITUTION OR MUSEUM HAS COME FORWARD TO PAY THE 8-10 MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG.SO A LIFETIME OF MEMORABILIA FROM THE WOMAN KNOWN AS THE MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA…REMAINS OUT OF THE PUBLIC VIEW.BONNY GHOSH, ASSOCIATED PRESS.