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
President Obama speaks at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(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.