A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was dedicated in Alabama’s capital city on Sunday, the 64th anniversary of her historic refusal to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man.
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey pulled back a cloth to unveil the statue before a crowd of about 400 spectators.
The ceremony coincided with the anniversary of Parks’ Dec. 1, 1955 arrest that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal part of the civil rights movement.
“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.
Rosa Parks now sits center stage downtown as we commemorate the 64th anniversary of her stand. Mayor Steven Reed and community leaders dedicated a life-size statue of Mrs. Parks and four historic markers honoring the plaintiffs in the landmark Browder v. Gayle case. pic.twitter.com/hs2GRJD3aV
— City of Montgomery (@CityofMGM) December 1, 2019