Senate Democrats

Senate Passes Frist, Reid Resolution Allowing Rosa Parks to Lie in Honor in the Rotunda of the Capitol

Americans have opportunity to pay last respects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid introduced a resolution tonight allowing the remains of Rosa Parks to lie in honor in the rotunda of the Capitol. The Resolution passed the Senate unanimously with a companion Resolution expected to pass the House of Representatives tomorrow.

The remains of Rosa Parks will lie in honor from October 30, 2005 to October 31, 2005. It will be the first time a woman will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

“Rosa Parks’ brave and simple act ignited a movement that rewove America’s social fabric,” said Frist. “Her actions spoke volumes about the importance of principle and the capacity of the individual to change the world. The Capitol Rotunda is one of America’s most powerful illustrations of the values of freedom and equality upon which our republic was founded, and allowing Mrs. Parks to lie in honor here is a testament to the impact of her life on both our nation’s history and future.”

Senator Reid said, “The movement that Rosa Parks helped launch changed not only our country, but the entire world, as her actions gave hope to every individual fighting for civil and human rights. We now can honor her in a way deserving of her contributions and legacy.”

A copy of the Resolution, S Con Res 61 follows:

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That, in recognition of the historic contributions of Rosa Parks, her remains be permitted to lie in honor in the rotunda of the Capitol from October 30 to October 31, 2005, so that the citizens of the United States may pay their last respects to this great American. The Architect of the Capitol, under the direction and supervision of the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall take all necessary steps for the accomplishment of that purpose.