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Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled in Montgomery on 64th Bus Arrest Anniversary

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled in Montgomery on 64th Bus Arrest Anniversary”

Parks was on her way home from work on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man.

Along with the Parks memorial, there will be four granite markers to honor the four women who served as plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle - the landmark case that ruled segregation on Montgomery buses unconstitutional, Ledbetter said.

Rosa Parks refused to follow a city bus driver's order to surrender her seat - which was already in the "colored section" - to a white passenger because the front part of the bus was already full.

Mary Louise Smith, a Complainant in the Browder vs. Case Gayle, who desegregated buses in Montgomery, stands next to the Rosa Parks statue after her unveiling in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, on Sunday, December 1, 2019, the day of her arrest so as not to abandon her place on a bus. from the city.

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"This depiction will inspire future generations to make the pilgrimage to our city, to push toward the path of righteousness, strength, courage and equality", Reed, who recently became the first African American mayor of Montgomery, said at the ceremony, according to al.com. "This progress, coupled with the dawn of a new era of reconciliation and revitalization, underscores Montgomery's status as the Birthplace of Civil Rights and a light unto the world". The seeds she planted are ever continuing to be harvested. She stood her ground and got taken to jail for it.

Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92. Fulmer also spoke to Allena Curry Norman, a close friend of Parks' and the hairdresser for Civil Rights activists like Coretta Scott King and Juanita Abernathy.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey pulled back a cloth to unveil the statue before a crowd of about 400 spectators.



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