President Barack Obama and congressional leaders unveiled a bronze statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks - sculpted by San Pedro artist Eugene Daub - at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Daub served as master sculptor with artistic partner Rob Firmin overseeing the project.
A Who's Who of Washington was on hand for the unveiling, with Obama and House Speaker John Boehner presiding.
"It was wonderful," said Daub, who had a front-row seat with his wife and children. "Everybody was so pleased and so glad to have (the statue) there. She looked great."
The artwork joins the display in the National Statuary Hall. Parks, famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama city bus in 1955, became the first black woman to be honored with a full-size statue in the hall.
Congress commissioned the work in 2005, shortly after Parks died. Daub and Firmin were chosen for the project in 2009. Daub created the statue in his studio on West 15th Street in San Pedro.
Parks would have turned 100 years old on Feb. 13.
- Donna Littlejohn