Clay Upset, as Vandals Tag Rosa Parks Sign with “KKK”
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Police are investigating after somebody spray-painted “KKK” on the Rosa Parks highway sign on Interstate 55 in south county.
“To hear that the sign on the highway was defaced is unfortunate,” said Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr., who fought to have the sign installed there in 2000 when he was a state senator. “It tells you that there is still some element in this state, in this community, that don’t appreciate diversity.”
Workers with the Missouri Department of transportation removed the graffiti-tagged panels in hopes of cleaning them up. If that doesn’t work, they’ll be replaced.
The sign originally went up in response to the KKK getting its name on an “adopt a highway” sign along the same stretch of road.
“That was the only way that we knew we could get them off of the highway,” Clay said, “because they would not want to clean up the Rosa Parks highway.”
In 1955, Parks walked onto a bus and stepped into history, when she refused to give up her seat to conform to rules of the segregated culture in Montgomery, Alabama.