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National Portrait Gallery’s Bust of Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks with Artis Lane at the reception for the unveiling of Rosa Parks’s bust sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1991. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (067.00.00)

National Portrait Gallery’s Bust of Rosa Parks

In March 1991 a large bronze bust of Rosa Parks, created by sculptor Artis Lane, was unveiled and presented to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., as a gift of the Anheuser-Busch Companies. During the unveiling ceremony, Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon presented Rosa with the key to the city, and Cicely Tyson recited a Maya Angelou poem. Coretta Scott King, Dorothy Height, Joseph Lowery, and several members of Congress including John Conyers (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA), and Gus Savage (D-IL) also attended.

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