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US Rosa Parks statue to be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery

02:20  01 december  2019
02:20  01 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Montgomery , Ala., on Sunday , Dec. 1, 2019. less. The city said the statue will be unveiled Sunday at 1 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza at the Court Street Fountain. The unveiling coincides with the anniversary of

A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Montgomery , Ala., on Sunday , Dec. 1, 2019. The civil rights memorials are a partnership between the City of Montgomery , Montgomery County, the Alabama Department of Tourism and the Montgomery Area Business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery, an event coinciding with the day in 1955 when Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man.

a close up of Rosa Parks wearing glasses: FILE -- In a June 15, 1999 file photo Rosa Parks smiles during a Capitol Hill ceremony where Parks was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington. A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Montgomery, Ala., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.  (AP Photo/Khue Bui, File) © KHUE BUI, AP FILE -- In a June 15, 1999 file photo Rosa Parks smiles during a Capitol Hill ceremony where Parks was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington. A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Montgomery, Ala., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Khue Bui, File)

Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

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(AP) — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery . Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed are among those speaking at the unveiling . Reed made history earlier this year when he was elected as the city’s first

A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Montgomery , Ala., on Sunday , Dec. 1, 2019. less. The city said the statue will be unveiled Sunday at 1 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza at the Court Street Fountain. The unveiling coincides with the anniversary of

The statue will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza at the Court Street Fountain, the city of Montgomery announced.

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.

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FILE -- In a June 15, 1999 file photo Rosa Parks smiles during a Capitol Hill ceremony where Parks was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington. A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Montgomery , Ala., on Sunday , Dec.

A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery . The civil rights memorials are a partnership between the City of Montgomery , Montgomery County, the Alabama Department of Tourism and the Montgomery Area Business

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Along with the Parks memorial, the city will present two historic markers for Browder v. Gayle – the landmark case that ruled segregation on Montgomery buses unconstitutional.

Aurelia Browder, Mary Louise Smith, Susie McDonald and Claudette Colvin will be honored with the markers.

Rosa Parks holding a sign: A Montgomery Sheriff's Department booking photo of Rosa Parks. © AP A Montgomery Sheriff's Department booking photo of Rosa Parks.

The civil rights memorials are a partnership between the city of Montgomery, Montgomery County, the Alabama Department of Tourism and the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed are among those speaking at the unveiling. Reed made history earlier this year when he was elected as the city’s first African American mayor.

Alabama lawmakers in 2018 voted to name Dec. 1 as Mrs. Rosa L. Parks Day in the state.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Rosa Parks statue to be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery

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