With the presentation of a small blue box, the African American Museum in Philadelphia received a giant national treasure Tuesday as it was lent the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on Rosa Parks, known as the mother of the modern civil rights movement.

“We could not be more honored than to have this piece of history here with us at our own African American Museum in Philadelphia,” Mayor Nutter said of the medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. It was given to Parks in 1999.

In a brief ceremony, Curtis Dean, former general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, lent the medal to the museum to augment an exhibit of portraits of civil rights pioneers.

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