WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A part of the U.S. Capitol that's home to more than 100 statues, including ones of William Jennings Bryan and Daniel Webster, is now home to one saluting Rosa Parks.
Called by some the "mother of the modern civil rights movement", Parks and her legacy were honored today with the statue's unveiling in Washington, DC.
Wednesday, President Obama and congressional leaders came together to unveil a nine foot statue of Parks.
In 1955, the 42-year-old seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on board a crowded bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks' subsequent arrest and the 381 day bus system boycott that followed proved to be seminal moments in the civil rights movement.
Parks passed away in 2005 at the age of 92 having received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Parks' statue is the first of an African-American woman to be placed inside the capitol.
Parks' statue came as the result of legislation that president George W. Bush signed back in 2005.