Supreme Court rejects appeal over Rosa Parks' coat

Rosa Parks seated towards the front of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., 1956 (Source: U.S. Library of Congress/MGN)

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a dispute over a coat that belonged to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. The court rejected an appeal Monday.

A lawyer for the trustee of Parks' estate says relatives reneged on a deal to turn over a wool coat that Parks wore when she was arrested on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955. But a niece insists she doesn't have the coat.

Steven Cohen turned to the Supreme Court after exhausting appeals in Michigan courts. Despite the loss, he predicts the "controversy will continue."

In 2014, the foundation of philanthropist Howard Buffett purchased hundreds of Parks' personal belongings for $4.5 million, without the coat. Cohen says Buffett subsequently donated the items to the Library of Congress. Parks died in 2005.