rosa_parks_web_fc.jpgGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ A sculpture commemorating civil rights legend Rosa Parks will be unveiled in downtown Grand Rapids.

WOOD-TV reports the unveiling of the life-sized statue will be held Thursday morning at Rosa Parks Circle. The spot was named after Parks in 2001.

Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man. Her arrest inspired the Montgomery Improvement Association, then led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to launch the historic, yearlong Montgomery bus boycott.

Parks died in 2005 at age 92 in Detroit, where she had lived since 1957.