- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery bus and refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. This moment was commemorated in 2007 with the unveiling of a historical marker in downtown Montgomery, but Parks still had to share the two-sided sign with the story of famed country singer Hank Williams.

Almost 60 years later, Parks will get her own marker on the Historic Trail in tribute to her role in the bus boycott and civil rights movement.

“In December we will be unveiling a historical marker, double-sided, for Rosa Parks,” said Mayor Todd Strange on Wednesday. “And for any of those Hank Williams fans out there, fear not, because we’ll have a double-sided historical marker for Hank Williams when we decide where the statue is going to be.”

The mayor also revealed the planned inscription of the new Rosa Parks marker which details the risk she took in standing up for herself on the bus, her arrest and the subsequent 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Montgomery Improvement Association representative Joe Caver admitted he was a little confused when he first saw Rosa Parks was sharing a sign with Hank Williams in 2007.

“I was across the street when the old marker was dedicated,” Caver said. “I saw the Hank Williams side and thought, ‘Uh, okay.’”

Caver and the MIA actively works with the city to establish historical markers and said Hank Williams definitely deserves his own marker. So does Rosa Parks.

“Both of them deserve their own historical marker,” Strange said.


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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