President Obama Unveils Rosa Parks Statue at Capitol Hill

On Wednesday (Feb. 27), President Barrack Obama and other congressional leaders unveiled a full length statue at Capitol Hill making Rosa Parks the first black woman to be honored with a full length statue.

President Obama, who led the unveiling alongside House Speaker John Boehner and Parks’ neices, stated that her presence in Capitol Hill will “remind us no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires.”

Later Obama stated, “We do well by placing a statue of her here, but we can do no greater honor to her memory than to carry forward the power of her principle and a courage born of conviction.”

The statue portrays Rosa Parks seated wearing a hat and clutching her purse, an image that made her famous for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955. — Megan Guard