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Civil rights icon Rosa Parks to get statue in Capitol

2013-02-13 19:59:47

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, will be the first African-American with a statue in Congress' Statuary Hall, congressional leaders announced Tuesday. A dedication ceremony is set for Feb. 27.

It's been a busy month for the legacy of Parks, who died in 2005. Last week was the centennial of her birth, and the United States Postal Service released a commemorative stamp of Parks.

The statue is a result of a law former President George W. Bush signed the yea Parks died, which directed Congress to commission a likeness of Parks for the Capitol's collection.

Parks refused to give up her seat in the colored section of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man on Dec. 1, 1955, and was arrested. On Dec. 4, the Montgomery bus boycott was announced at local black churches.

Parks will be the first African-American so honored in Congress' Statuary Hall. She refused to give up her seat in the colored section of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man in 1955 and was arrested, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott.

Source: nydailynews.com

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