Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal part of the civil rights movement.
A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery.
Mary Louise Smith was on hand for the unveiling as well - she's one of the original plaintiffs in the Browder vs. Gayle case that ultimately desegregated buses in Montgomery a year after Parks was arrested. "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".
"For city, city and county officials to honor Ms. Parks and the plaintiffs, and especially to pay tribute to the 40,000 African-American men and women who stayed away from buses during the day." days it is indeed a step in the right direction, "said Gray at the Montgomery Advertiser".
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Four granite markers near the statue honor plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, the court case that determined segregation on Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.
The statue will be placed approximately 30 feet from the spot where Parks is believed to have boarded the bus, said Ashley Ledbetter, executive director of the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts. "This is a great day for Montgomery County". Because of Mrs. Parks courageous stance, I am able to hold the position I do as Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission.
According to the city, Fulmer studied photographs and shoes from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of her research for the statue.
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey removed a fabric to unveil the statue in front of a crowd of about 400 spectators.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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