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Alabama unveils statue of civil rights figure Rosa Parks

From left, Mary Louise Smith, Gov. Kay Ivey, Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gtray and Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed gather after the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue in downtown Montgomery, Ala., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, the anniversary of her arrest for not giving up her seat on a city bus.

MICKEY WELSH, MONTGOMERY (ALA.) ADVERTISER/AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 1, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks has been dedicated in Alabama’s capital city.

News outlets report that Steven Reed, who recently became the first African American mayor of Montgomery, took part in an unveiling ceremony Sunday. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also attended.

The ceremony coincided with the anniversary of Parks’ Dec. 1, 1955, arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal part of the civil rights movement.

Reed said the statue of Parks will inspire people “to push toward the path of righteousness, strength, courage and equality.”

Four granite markers near the statue honor plaintiffs in a court case that determined segregation on Montgomery buses was unconstitutional.

Parks died in 2005.

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