Rosa Parks Commemorative Medal, 1999

Summary

Rosa Parks' December 1, 1955 refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus led to such successful public action that many consider her act to be the spark that ignited the Civil Rights movement. This limited-edition bronze medal replicates the Congressional Gold Medal that was awarded to Rosa Parks in 1999.

Rosa Parks' December 1, 1955 refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus led to such successful public action that many consider her act to be the spark that ignited the Civil Rights movement. This limited-edition bronze medal replicates the Congressional Gold Medal that was awarded to Rosa Parks in 1999.

Artifact

Medal

Date Made

1999

Creators

United States Mint 

Lane, Artis 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Designed by Artis Lane and made by the United States Mint, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2002.192.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Bronze (Metal)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.5 in

Thickness: 0.125 in

Inscriptions

obverse: ROSA PARKS / MOTHER OF THE MODERN DAY CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT reverse: QUIET STRENGTH / PRIDE / DIGNITY / COURAGE / BY ACT OF CONGRESS 1999

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