Rep. Alvin Holmes, House Speaker Mike Hubbard Push For Rosa Parks Statue

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By Ashley Thompson

Legislation to get a Rosa Parks statue on Capitol grounds was dismissed last year toward the end of the legislative session.

Now, Representative Alvin Holmes is proposing the project once again, but will it become a reality?

Representative Alvin Holmes says he feels strongly about getting a statue of Civil Rights legend Rosa Parks on the capitol grounds. A bill to get the statue was passed in both the House and the Senate last year but was killed at the last minute because of a filibuster.

"The filibuster was on another issue and so they killed the entire calendar and that bill was the fifth or sixth on the calendar," Holmes explains.

So Holmes has drafted a new resolution and says other lawmakers are also backing the idea.

"The Speaker of the House is supporting it and we have many other people in the House of Representatives that are supporting the bill."

But while Alvin Holmes would like to see a Rosa Parks statue up at the Capitol next to the Confederate Memorial, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says he believes it would make more sense to put it here, where Rosa Parks actually got on the bus.

"We would love to have it anywhere in Montgomery. That would add to the fabric of history and the story. It just makes a lot of sense to me to have it closer to the proximity where the historic moment was."

Strange says it would still be on capitol grounds.

"Technically, the Capitol grounds includes where the Capitol is and all the way down Dexter Avenue to One Court Square fountain and one block off of Dexter Avenue."

And both Montgomery residents and tourists we spoke with say they believe the bus stop location is best.

"I definitely believe that it should be where it happened," says resident Victoria Garren. "We should bring attention to all of Montgomery, not just the Capitol building."

"I feel like it should probably go where the event occurred with the Bus Boycott," says Travis Manuel.

Holmes says he doesn't want to statue down at the bus stop because he says tourists do not go down there.

He says he's not sure just how much the statue will cost but tells us the money will come from private donations and grants. The resolution has passed the House and is headed to the Senate.

 

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