She was a seamstress whose simple and defiant act half a century ago galvanized a movement and propelled her into history.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Congressional leaders unveiled a 9-foot bronze statue of Rosa Louise Parks, placing her among the pantheon of leaders who shaped the course of history. Parks is the first black woman honored in Statuary Hall with a full-length statue. A bust of abolitionist Sojourner Truth was unveiled in 2009 in the Visitor’s Center.

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