Anna Rosenberg confers with then-chairman of the U.S. Senate's Preparedness Committee, Lyndon B. Johnson. Rosenberg was the first U.S. citizen to receive the Medal of Freedom, which later became the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rosenberg, an immigrant from Hungary, received the medal in 1945 for her service overseas.
On September 15, 1996, President Clinton awarded Rosa Parks the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. executive branch. Rosa was unable to attend the White House ceremony on September 9 in which ten other distinguished Americans were recognized, thus she received her medal alone in an Oval Office ceremony. Clinton later escorted Rosa to the annual dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.