Downtown Montgomery is home to a new statue honoring civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. The unveiling took place Sunday, which was the 64th anniversary of the day that Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. That decision led to Parks’ arrest which prompted a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery Bus system.
The statue’s unveiling took place just 30 feet from where it’s believed that Parks boarded the public bus in 1955. At least 400 people were in attendance, including Parks’ lawyer Fred Gray, as well as the plaintiffs in Browder vs. Gayle, the Supreme Court case that eventually led to the desegregation of public buses. Parks died in 2005 at the age of 92.