Rosa Parks statue restored; her hands touched many visitors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The artist who put his bronze sculpture of Rosa Parks in the Rosa Parks Museum 15 years ago has returned to Montgomery to give the piece a makeover.

The bronze statue wore down and lost some color due to touching and interaction over the years, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.

Sculptor Erik Blome said the statue received the most wear around her hands because people want to hold her hand as they sit next to the statue for photos.

The sculpture depicts Parks sitting on a bus seat, her hands on the purse in her lap.

After Blome restored the sculpture Thursday, it was moved to the museum's front atrium.

The bus boycott began after Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus.

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