President Barack Obama and congressional leaders set aside their political battles at a ceremony to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks,
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders set aside their political battles at a ceremony to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, rear, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Parks helped invigorate the civil rights movement in December 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in segregated Montgomery, Ala. From left to are, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., the president, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (The Associated Press)
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders unveiled a bronze statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks - sculpted by San Pedro artist Eugene Daub - at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Daub served as master sculptor with artistic partner Rob Firmin overseeing the project.

A Who's Who of Washington was on hand for the unveiling, with Obama and House Speaker John Boehner presiding.

"It was wonderful," said Daub, who had a front-row seat with his wife and children. "Everybody was so pleased and so glad to have (the statue) there. She looked great."

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The artwork joins the display in the National Statuary Hall. Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama city bus in 1955, became the first black woman to be honored with a full-size statue in the hall.

Congress commissioned the work in 2005, shortly after Parks died. Daub and Firmin were chosen for the project in 2009. Daub created the statue in his studio on West 15th Street in San Pedro.


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Parks would have turned 100 years old on Feb. 13.

- Donna Littlejohn