Rosa Parks will be honored on February 27, 2013 when lawmakers will unveil a statue of this first lady of the civil rights movement in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
The ceremony, which coincides with the end of Black History Month, will be attended by President Barack Obama and other lawmakers. Mrs. Parks, is best known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger in segregated Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Her brave actions sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She will be the first black woman to have a statue in the Capitol. She joins the ranks of such great Americans as Jefferson Davis, Thomas Fulton, Brigham Young, Ethan Allen, Sequoya and many others.
House Speaker John Boehner said, “Mrs. Parks takes her rightful place alongside the inventors, war heroes, freedom fighters, and doers who represent the heart of the American story. It’s another breakthrough for someone who has made so many of them possible.”
Mrs. Parks died in 2005 and laid in repose in the Capitol’s rotunda. She was the first woman and second African American to receive the honor. Shortly after her death, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. introduced a bill to honor her with a statue in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law two months later.