Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled

She is first black woman to get full-length statue at Capitol

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2013 2:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Rosa Parks made history again today: A full-length statue of the late civil rights icon was unveiled in the US Capitol's Statuary Hall, making her the first black woman to receive such an honor, reports the Washington Post. President Obama and congressional leaders put aside sequester squabbling for the tribute to Parks, who famously refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus to a white man in 1955. The statue will "remind us no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires," said Obama.

President Obama speaks at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama and congressional leaders dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A 1999 file photo of Rosa Parks.   (AP Photo/Khue Bui)
President Obama hugs Jessica Jackson, daughter of former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, after the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at the unveiling.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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