Rosa Parks statue unveiled in Alabama on 64th anniversary of her arrest

by John Wesley Reid · Dec 2nd, 2019 11:53 am
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Last Updated Dec 2nd, 2019 at 2:01 pm

A statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled on Monday in Montgomery, Alabama, on the 64th anniversary of her arrest. Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to sit at the back of the bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Governor Kay Ivey praised the placement of the statue on Twitter.

"On the 64th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we honor Rosa Parks by dedicating this statue in her name," she wrote. "I hope its presence will remind us of the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement and ensure that future generations will be better and do better."

The statue of Parks, who died in 2005 at age 92, is placed around 30 feet from where she is believed to have boarded the bus on which she was arrested.