Montgomery observes Rosa Parks' 100th birthday

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery is observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Rosa Parks with a public art project downtown.

A 96-foot by 40-foot wall is covered in chalkboard paint and has space for people to complete the sentence "Before I die I want to..."

Montgomery's director of development, Chad Emerson, told the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/XATvk3 ) that citizens came up with the idea and volunteers did the work.

Monday is the 100th anniversary of Parks' birth. The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery plans a program Monday night with art, poetry and the unveiling of the new Parks commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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