Exactly sixty years and 12 days after refusing to give her seat to a white woman on a bus, a brand new train station named after Rosa Parks opened December 13, 2015.
It is a nice symbolic gesture to name a transportation hub after her. After all, her act led to the eventual elimination of segregated seating in American buses mid-twentieth century. Together with Marin Luther King, she became the symbol of the civil rights movement.
The construction of the station took five years. It is located in the 19th arrondissement, the northeastern district on the outskirts of the city, near Porte d’Aubervilliers and Porte de la Chapelle.
In the station passage hangs a large mosaic work, which is dedicated to Rosa Parks. Two artists accompanied neighborhood residents who in their spare time worked at the work of art for a year.
The course of the old railway line, called the Petite Ceinture is used for the construction of a tramline. Tram stop Rosa Parks, which provides a connection to the station, is put into service two years ago.
Rosa Parks Station not only connects the tramline with an RER metro-train line. Busses use this station too and one can rent Vélib bicycles.
Every passenger passing Rosa Parks from December 13 can remember her permanently. It is expected that there will be 85,000 passengers a day.