Earlier this week, Congressional leaders announced that they will soon add a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks to the Capitol’s unparalleled collection. Speaker Boehner led off his weekly news conference by talking about the upcoming unveiling:
“In two weeks we will have an historic ceremony here in the United States Capitol. House and Senate leaders will gather to unveil a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. This will be the first statue of an African-American woman to be placed here in the Capitol, and I can’t think of a more fitting honor for a great American hero who still inspires us all.”
The February 27 unveiling ceremony will take place in National Statuary Hall, which is the chamber next to the Capitol Rotunda and once served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives.
Stay tuned to the Speaker’s blog for more details and background as the ceremony nears.