WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral is preparing to dedicate a new carving of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in a section of the church devoted to human rights.

The Episcopal cathedral formally installs the sculpture Thursday. The carving of Parks will join others celebrating those who struggled for equality and social justice.

Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Alabama in 1955 is considered a key moment in the movement against racial segregation.

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