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Tue March 16, 2004
New Rosa Parks Historical Marker Dedicated
By Alabama Public Radio
Montgomery, AL – Cleveland Court in Montgomery is the new home of a new historical marker.
Yesterday, a marker was dedicated to former resident and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who sparked a major civil movement after being arrested for breaking segregation laws while travelling by bus to her apartment in 1955. The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by director of the Rosa Parks Museum Georgette Norman and Montgomery Housing Authority Director Mickey McInnish. The marker commemorates the Cleveland Court area, and many current residents were on hand to witness the dedication. Resident Angela Hampton says she admires Parks, but also says it's important to remember that Parks is a real person and not some unreachable icon.
Plans are underway to make the Cleveland Court marker a stop on the National Civil Rights Trail. Parks now resides in Detroit.