March 8, 2013
Highlighted Site of the Week – the New Rosa Parks Statue
This week we bring you the new Rosa Parks statue that was unveiled at the National Statuary Hall. She is the first African American woman to be honored with a life size statue in the Capitol.
It was on December 1, 1955 that Rosa Parks exercised her right to sit where she wished on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. In honor of that day and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of her birth, there was a ceremony for the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in the Capitol on February 27, 2013. Many of Ms. Parks’ relatives were at the unveiling ceremony. This wonderful picture of the statue comes from the Architect of the Capitol website.
According to a recent New York Times article, President Obama offered praise for Ms. Parks: “[The president] chronicled how Mrs. Parks, despite having held no elected office, lacking wealth and living far from the seat of power, touched off a movement that made it possible for him to become president.”
Other speakers said she united the country by choosing to be arrested, instead of giving up her seat.
Rosa Parks was given the highest civilian honors from the White House and Congress. When she died in 2005, she was the first woman “to lie in state” in the Capitol Rotunda.
She will always be remembered for what she did for America.
Enjoy this video from PBS NewsHour:
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