House passes bill allowing Rosa Parks, Helen Keller statues on State Capitol grounds

Bill passes for Rosa Parks, Helen Keller statues at state Capitol

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There was a standing ovation in the House chamber after lawmakers passed a bill allowing Rosa Parks and Helen Keller statues on the State Capitol grounds.

Democratic Rep. Laura Hall sponsored the bill that passed 102-0 Tuesday evening.

“It is certainly appropriate this year as we celebrate the bicentennial state. It is also appropriate that we would have two women on the Capitol grounds honoring Rosa Parks and Helen Keller,” Hall said.

Other lawmakers spoke in support of the bill.

The bill said it would put the Rosa Parks statue on the West front of the Capitol facing Bainbridge Street. It said the Helen Keller statue would be placed in a location on the grounds that is readibly accessible and touchable by people with disabilities.

According to the bill, the Alabama Historical Commission would get the monuments and statues to be placed on the Capitol grounds. Public and private funds, including in-kind services, may be used to commission the monuments.

The bill will now head to the state Senate.

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