By The Associated Press

Alabama has marked its first Rosa Parks Day.

Alabama lawmakers earlier this year voted to designate Dec. 1 as a day to honor the civil rights icon.

Photograph of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (ca. 1955/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain/National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency)

Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a White passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery on Dec. 1, 1955. Her action ignited the yearlong Montgomery bus boycott and helped usher in the civil rights movement.

The day is not a full-fledged state holiday where state offices close, but counties and municipalities can elect to observe Dec. 1 as a holiday.

A number of commemorations were held Saturday.