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Exhibition Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words

Rosa Parks’s Congressional Gold Medal, 1999. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (075.00.00)
Al Gore, Washington, D.C, 1999. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (076.00.00)

Congressional Gold Medal

On June 15, 1999 President Clinton awarded Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given by the U.S. legislative branch. President Clinton said at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol, “In so many ways, Rosa Parks brought America home to our founders’ dream.” Congresswoman Julia Carson (D-IN.), who introduced the legislation called Parks “the mother of the civil rights movement.” The audience included members of Congress and many civil rights activists.