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President Barack Obama and leaders of Congress unveiled a statue of civil rights hero Rosa Parks in the Capitol on Wednesday morning.
According to The Associated Press, Parks, who died in 2005, is now the first African American woman to have a full-length statue in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
Obama said that Parks’ position in the hall is appropriate because she made a significant mark in the course of American and civil rights history.
Obama and House Speaker John Boehner led the ceremony and pulled off the statue’s covering together.
According to The Associated Press, Obama stated during the unveiling, “We do well by placing a statue of her here, but we can do no greater honor to her memory than to carry forward the power of her principle and a courage born of conviction."
The statue features Parks sitting with her hat and purse.
Obama’s official Twitter account tweeted, “In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America—and change the world.”
“In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America—and change the world.” —President Obama on Rosa Parks
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 27, 2013