Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway
Today, I filed HB 3897, which will name the northern portion of the new State Highway 360 South extension the Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway.
The new SH360 South extension will serve a diverse community in Southeast Tarrant County and the names of our major roadways should celebrate that diversity. Rosa Parks was one of the most important figures in American history. Her simple, yet extraordinary, act of courage on a city bus in 1955 – refusing to give up her seat to a white man, despite being ordered to do so by the bus driver and her subsequent arrest – set in motion the events which ignited the Civil Rights Movement and led to the demise of legalized segregation. To paraphrase a quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fond of, Rosa Parks helped bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.
The measure would name the portion of the highway located in House District 101 – from Sublett Road/West Camp Wisdom Road to the northern Mansfield city limits – in memory of Parks. Other bills have been filed to name the roadway in honor of former state Senator Chris Harris, who served Tarrant County in the Texas Legislature from 1985 – 2013 and passed away in 2015. HB 3897 incorporates that proposal by designating the southern segment of the roadway as the Senator Chris Harris Memorial Highway.
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