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Alabama House approves bill to pardon Rosa Parks, civil rights activists

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] has unanimously passed a bill that would pardon Rosa Parks [TIME profile] and others arrested for violating segregation-era laws. Under the proposal, arrest records of those pardoned would not be removed from the public record, but instead would be sent to the Alabama Department of Archives and History [official website] in order to preserve the history of the Civil Rights era. The bill now goes the Alabama Senate [official website] for debate.

Parks was known as the "mother of the civil rights movement" for her arrest in December 1955 after refusing to give her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. She died last year [JURIST report] at the age of 92. AP has more.

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