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Rosa Parks will be posthumously part of another historical movement. The brave woman who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955 will be the first African-American woman to have a statue dedicated to her in Statuary Hall. A ceremony for her dedication is slated for Feb. 27.
President George W. Bush signed a law in 2005 directing Congress to commission a Parks statue for inclusion in the Capitol’s sculpture collection. The office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Tuesday that a statue of Parks will be dedicated on Feb. 27 in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. According to Boehner’s office, “this will be the first statue of an African-American woman to be placed in the Capitol as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.”
Parks’ death was also historical because she was the first woman to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Last week in observation of Parks’ 100th birthday, the U.S. Postal Service released a commemorative stamp of Parks. Statuary Hall commemorates notable citizens from each state. The National Endowment for the Arts oversaw the design competition for a $250,000 prize to complete a bronze statue and pedestal. Parks died Oct. 24, 2005, in her Detroit home of natural causes. Her attorney said close friends were by her side.
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