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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Lexington’s Lextran is continuing the tradition of reserving seats to honor civil rights activists.

The reserved seats feature a poster with photos of Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Mary Louise Smith, and Susie McDonald. The posters were placed Tuesday, Feb. 1, to mark the beginning of Black History Month and will remain through Monday, Feb. 28.

Honoring Black history

Lextran started reserving a seat on each bus to honor Rosa Parks in February 2019, but in 2021 they added Colvin, Browder, Smith, and McDonald in posters with Parks. The Lextran website said the inclusion of the other four women, involved in the Browder v. Gayle case, highlights the impact the civil rights movement had on public transit.

The Lexington Public Library has a catalog of books and references available online on the library’s website for those interested in learning more about these women.