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Rosa Parks Lying in Honor at Capitol Rotunda

First woman, second nongovernment official so honored

Posted: October 31, 2005


Civil Rights heroine, Rosa Parks, shown at the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 1993. (AP/WWP Photo)

Rosa Parks, the "mother of the civil rights movement," who died October 24 at the age of 92, is lying in honor in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington through October 31. She is the first woman, the second African American and the second nongovernment official so honored. (See related article.)

President Bush on October 30 ordered all United States flags on public and military facilities to be flown at half-staff on the day of Parks’ interment.

Americans who previously lay in honor or in state at the Capitol include presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

The rotunda is a circular room 29 meters in diameter and 55 meters in height directly below the dome of the Capitol building.

More information about the Capitol Rotunda and about Americans who have lain in state or in honor there can be found at the Architect of the Capitol’s Web site.

The text of the concurrent resolution adopted by both houses of Congress, and of the presidential proclamation regarding the lowering of American flags in Parks’ honor follow:

109th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. CON. RES. 61

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

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.

Passed the Senate October 27, 2005.

Attest:

Secretary.

(end resolution)

(begin presidential proclamation)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
October 30, 2005

DEATH OF ROSA PARKS

A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

As a mark of respect for the memory of Rosa Parks, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that on the day of her interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

GEORGE W. BUSH


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