Marking the end of Black History Month, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., paid tribute to civil rights leader Rosa Parks and her lasting legacy yesterday. Congress and President Obama unveiled a statue in Parks' honor in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. It is the first full length statue out of the 108 in the Capitol to represent an African American woman.
"The dedication of Rosa Parks' statue in Statuary Hall is a real step forward. She rightfully earned her place in history for her great leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, and yesterday she earned a place in Statuary Hall," Sen. Landrieu said. "It is important when people, particularly children, visit the Capitol that they see the history of the United States more fully represented by all the different people who have impacted our country. When I walk through the halls of the Capitol, I see the many great heroes of our democracy. Rosa Parks most certainly deserves a place among them, and I'm proud that she is finally there."