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LEFT  Rosa Parks statue with sculptor, Patrick Jewett    RIGHT  Rosa Parks Memorial Building is a 12-story high-rise building in San Bernardino, California; the second tallest in the city.  


San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation




Caltrans, in partnership with the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, is proud to announce the unveiling of a commissioned Rosa Parks statue, now permanently housed at the Rosa Parks Memorial Building in San Bernardino, California. This building is the headquarters for Caltrans District 8 and other state affiliated agencies.

“Caltrans is honored to have a role in making this day come to fruition in conjunction with the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation and other partners who are staples in the San Bernardino community,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The unveiling ceremony is the culmination of a decade-long celebration that began with the dedication of the Rosa Parks Memorial Building in 2008. The statue’s display will act as a permanent reminder of Rosa Parks’ legacy and contribution to society.

Friday, February 2, 2018, the unveiling not only celebrated the accomplishments and long-lasting influence of Rosa Parks, whose courage ignited a great social movement, but also celebrated the coming together of a community who worked so diligently to bring this statue to the Inland Empire.

In refusing to surrender her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, Rosa Parks became the spark that ignited the civil rights movement in the United States.

Parks’ conviction for violating Southern segregation laws led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and nationwide efforts to end segregation. Over her lifetime, Parks became a nationally recognized symbol for the fight for equal rights and the struggle to end entrenched racial segregation.