Visitors to the Rosa Parks Library and Museum over the weekend were able to get a look at a refurbished 1950s era bus unveiled at the site where Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
The boycott was launched Dec. 5, 1955, four days after the arrest. It led to federal court rulings against segregation of the city bus system and inspired the civil rights movement.
Plaques were given to several individuals, or their family members, who played an important role in the boycott. Along with Parks, those honored were Charles Langford, Fred Gray, Sr., Rufus Lewis, Johnnie Carr, E.D. Nixon, Mary Louise Smith, Joe Lee and Aurelia Browder.
Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright told those attending that he hoped the bus would be a step toward bridging the racial gap in the city.
The city plans to operate the historic bus on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The bus will also be used to give school-age children a hands-on history lesson of the bus boycott.
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