DETROIT — Today, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-12), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Rhea McCauley, Niece of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, the family of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, the Rosa Parks Family Foundation, and Richard Moreton, USPS District Manager, held a dedication ceremony to rename the Grand River Post Office in Detroit the “Rosa Louise McCauley Parks Post Office.”
Last year, Congress passed Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s legislation to designate the Post Office building located at 4744 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, after Rosa Parks, mother of the civil rights movement, and it was signed into law by President Biden. The building is located just a block away from Rosa Parks Boulevard and located near her home when she lived in Detroit.
“It is an incredible honor to recognize Mother Rosa Louise McCauley Parks with a renaming of the Grand River Post Office here near her home in Detroit,” said Congresswoman Tlaib. “I thank President Biden, Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters, USPS Michigan 1 District and the McCauley & Parks family for their support in the introduction and passage of this bill. May this dedication and ceremony serve as a continual reminder of the lasting impact Mother Rosa Louise McCauley Parks made on Detroit and our district’s history and may we continue to honor her legacy as the mother of the civil rights movement.”
“Rosa Parks’ story is synonymous with the fight for racial equality in America and will forever symbolize this city’s strength and resilience,” said Senator Peters. “I was proud to help pass the legislation in the Senate to rename this building in her honor, and I’m grateful that it will continue to serve the community she called home while carrying on her legacy for future generations.”
“Rosa Parks changed our nation’s history by courageously sitting down in order to stand up for human dignity, a commitment she carried on throughout her life,” said Senator Stabenow. “Naming this post office after her is one special way that Michiganders can honor her heroism, bravery, and the critical role she played in the civil rights movement.”
“My Auntie Rosa made a lasting impact on so many lives, not only as a freedom fighter, but as a beloved member of our family, and a leader in our community in Detroit,” said Rhea McCauley, Niece of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. “Our family is proud to partner with Congresswoman Tlaib to dedicate the post office near her Detroit home in her honor. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to carry on her powerful legacy for generations to come.”
In addition to being a civil rights leader known across the world, Rosa Parks is especially adored in Detroit and the 12th Congressional District. She lived in Detroit for nearly 50 years and worked extensively with Congressman John Conyers.