Montgomery Observes Rosa Parks' 100th Birthday

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 1999 file photo, Rosa Parks smiles during a ceremony where she received the Congressional Medal of Freedom in Detroit. A lawyer involved in a long-running dispute over the estate of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks claims that a judge allowed two other lawyers to pile up fees that ate away about two-thirds of the estate's $372,000 cash value. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  Reports say Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, says that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.

A 96-foot by 40-foot wall is covered in chalkboard paint and has space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..."

Monday is the 100th anniversary of Parks' birth. The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery plans a program Monday night with art, poetry and the unveiling of the new Parks commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.


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