The city of Detroit broke ground on Friday on a new downtown bus depot that will be named in honor of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.
The 15 million dollar facility will take up two city blocks and serve as a terminal for all bus routes running in and out of downtown.
Initially the facility was to be called the Downtown Detroit Transit Center, but officials decided to name it for Parks after her death on October 24th. The center is expected to be open in a year to 18 months.
Parks is credited with sparking the modern civil rights movement in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery to a white passenger.