The U.S. Postal Service in February unveiled a new, historic Forever Stamp honoring civil rights leader Rosa Parks, at the site of her arrest in 1955, starting the Montgomery bus boycott. The stamp ceremony was held on the occasion of what would have been Parks’ 100th birthday celebration and was hosted by Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum in downtown Montgomery.
In its description of the stamp, the USPS recalls that “In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks courageously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man, defying the discriminatory laws of the time.”
The portrait is based on a 1950s photograph, the USPS says, and recognizes the many honors she won for her role in the Civil Rights movement and her “quiet strength.”