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This photo provided by shows a mural forSarah Keys Evans on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Evans, whose refusal to go to the back of a bus in 1952 sparked a change in law is being honored with a plaza bearing her name and murals depicting her arrest. (Les Atkins via AP)

ROANOKE RAPIDS (AP) — A North Carolina woman whose refusal to go to the back of a bus in 1952 led to a lawsuit that sparked a change in law is being honored with a special day.

Sarah Keys Evans was being honored by the city of Roanoke Rapids on Saturday with a plaza bearing her name and murals depicting her arrest, news outlets reported. Evans, who is black and lives in Brooklyn, New York, is expected to address the event by telephone.

Evans was on leave from the U.S. Army Women’s Army Corps when she boarded a bus from Trenton, New Jersey, to Washington, North Carolina. When the bus stopped in Roanoke Rapids on Aug. 2, 1952, Evans refused the request of the bus driver to move to the back and was arrested.

Keys was fined $25 for disorderly conduct. She filed a complaint, which three years later resulted in an Interstate Commerce Commission ruling prohibiting segregation on interstate buses.

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