Rosa Parks-Era Bus Unveiled in Montgomery Last December

This year marks the 50th anniversary of an event in Montgomery that helped change the entire country -- the Montgomery bus boycott.

As part of a series of events marking the occasion, the city unveiled a 1950's era passenger bus -- the same model that Rosa Parks was on when she refused to give up her seat.

Last year, onlookers got a chance to step inside and tour the bus, which is now being used to cover one of the existing downtown Montgomery bus routes. It is also taken to area schools as a learning tool.

The bus is yellow and green, just like it was in the 1950's. It cost about $300,000 to renovate. Inside are pictures of Parks and other local civil rights heroes.

During a ceremony at the Rosa Parks Museum, Mayor Bobby Bright awarded plaques to some of those heroes, including Parks' attorney Fred Gray and Montgomery Improvement Association president Johnnie Carr, who was also a friend of Parks.

It was the Montgomery Improvement Association that organized the boycott fifty years ago under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. Eventually, the association's actions forced the city bus system to integrate.