Mayo Clinic renames building to honor Rosa Parks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- There's another honor for the late civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

The Mayo Clinic has renamed its Pavilion Building to the Rosa Parks Pavilion.

Mayo Clinic facilities administrator Craig Smoldt has said discussions to rename a clinic building started shortly after
Parks' died in 2005 and it became clear what kind of lasting national impact she would have.

In 1955, Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white man in Alabama. She was arrested, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott, a defining moment in the civil rights movement.

A private dedication ceremony will be held Thursday. It will include key civil rights leader Ozell Sutton.

The metallic letters on the building were installed Friday.

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