Resolution Seeks to Build Rosa Parks Monument at Alabama Capitol


By Alabama News Network

One day after a monument to civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a resolution was introduced in the Alabama House for a similar monument to be placed at the state Capitol in Montgomery.

The resolution was introduced Thursday by Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery). Parks helped spark the Civil Rights Movement when she was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man.

Alabama News Network interviewed Holmes this week as part of our coverage of the Rosa Parks statue unveiling. He says he knew Parks well, from the earliest days of the civil rights movement.

Holmes' resolution says Parks was a source of pride for Alabama residents.

Holmes' says the money for the monument could be raised if the state can't afford the approximate $200,000 cost. Holmes says he would donate $25,000. He says the monument would be similar to the one in Washington.

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