Rosa Parks Statue: First Black Woman To Have One In D.C.
House Speaker announces National Statuary Hall honor for late civil rights icon
Well, it’s about time! House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday announced civil rights icon Rosa Parks will have a statue dedicated in her honor at the National Statuary Hall. Parks, who broke racial barriers by resisting Jim Crow laws in 1955 Montgomery, Ala., will be the first African American woman placed in the Capitol as part of the national statue collection. President George W. Bush signed the legislation for her statue in 2005, the year Parks died. She would have turned 100 this month. The statue will be dedicated on Feb. 27. (NPR)