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Obama helps unveil Rosa Parks statue at Capitol building
Obama helps unveil Rosa Parks statue at Capitol building

President Obama took time out of his schedule Wednesday to help unveil a new statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks at the Capitol building in Washington. Parks, who died in 2005, is the first black woman to be honored with a life-size likeness in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. 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 Congress and veteran civil rights leaders....

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