The Story Behind the Collage
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) probably didn't know that he was creating a slogan for activist women everywhere when he explained why he silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) as follows: "She was warned, She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Our country owes a lot to persistent women, including civil rights activist Rosa Parks who is honored in this image. Parks kept on protesting the injustice of segregation until the laws were finally changed.
Constructing "Rosa Parks Persists"
The first element in this collage is a black-and-white photo (above) taken in 1956 by AP showing Rosa Parks being fingerprinted after an arrest for participating in a boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. The photo is in the public domain.
The second element is the frame (below), an etching and engraving created by artist Augustin de Saint-Aubin in1771. (This is a portrait of Charles-Nicolas Cochin II.) I removed the portrait and the type.
Then, I added some effects to the photo to make it coordinate nicely with the frame. (See below)
Then I popped the adjusted photo into the frame and added the text using two fonts: Bank Gothic Lt BT and Americana BT.
Above is the original of the frame described above. I found it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's database of artworks in the public domain.
Above is the photo after I applied two special effects with Corel PaintShop ProX5: Aged Newspaper and Halftone Horizontal Black Lines from the Artistic Effects menu.