U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

The U.S. Air Force on December 1, 2020, the 65th anniversary of Parks’ 1955 protest, unveiled a sculpture of her at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, adding to an array of memorials that honor the civil rights icon, who died in 2005 at the age of 92.

This year ShareAmerica is highlighting some of the memorials honoring Parks’ brave protest.

Interior of bus with seated bronze statue of Rosa Parks (© Randy Duchaine/Alamy)
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, features a statue of Rosa Parks seated on a bus. (© Randy Duchaine/Alamy)

Rosa Parks’ refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in 1955 inspired the civil rights movement in the United States.

Yellow and white bus inside a museum, with children around it (© Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The bus on which Parks refused to relinquish her seat in 1955 is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. (© Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Parks worked as a seamstress at Maxwell Field in the 1940s before her protest in Montgomery, Alabama, prompted a citywide bus boycott, a watershed event in the civil rights movement.

She later credited her experience at the racially integrated federal facility with showing her a world without the discriminatory policies, known as Jim Crow laws, that were common in the South.

Man cleaning leg of Rosa Parks statue with small brush in large hall (© Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Parks is among those honored in the National Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (© Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“You might just say Maxwell opened my eyes up,” Parks said. “It was an alternative to the ugly policies of Jim Crow.”

Life-size bronze statue of Rosa Parks sitting on bus bench, the focal point of a plaza, with Martin Luther King quote on wall behind (© Alpha Stock/Alamy)
A statue commemorating Parks’ protest is the central feature of the West End Dallas Area Rapid Transit Station plaza in Dallas. (© Alpha Stock/Alamy)

Each February Americans honor the achievements of Parks and others during Black History Month.