The bronze statue, by Robert Firmin and Eugene Daub, depicts Parks seated with her hands on her lap holding a purse. In 1955, Parks refused to move from her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala. Her subsequent arrest turned her into a symbol for the civil rights movement.
At Wednesday's ceremony, Obama spoke to an audience that included members of
"We do well by placing a statue of her here," Obama said, according to the Associated Press. "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 weighs an estimated 2,700 pounds and is approximately 9 feet tall.
The former Illinois representative has recently admitted to misusing campaign funds and faces sentencing later this year. He stepped down from the