Rosa Parks house moved into in 1957 was slated for demolition before an artist moved it to Berlin in Germany, but as an attempt to display it in the US faces a block, a determined group of volunteers aim to rescue it.
It was nice, but Rosa Parks house needs to go back to the US
As twilight fell over Wedding, a working-class Berlin neighbourhood, the curtained window panes of Rosa Parks’ house glowing in the dark. The house, where Ms Parks lived, once sat in Detroit and belonged to Ms. Parks’s brother. But after it was threatened with demolition, the house was moved to Berlin, where it was opened to the public in April 2017.
When Rosa Parks niece learned that the city of Detroit wanted to demolish the house of her famous aunt, she asked artist Ryan Mendoza, who happened to be in Detroit for an art project, to help.
McCauley managed to buy it from the city for $500 but didn’t know what to do with it next. Mendoza, who has his studio in Berlin, turned to the mayor of Detroit to try to prevent the imminent demolition of the house – in vain.
“The mayor was aware that Rosa Parks had lived here, but he was not interested in it.” But Ryan Mendoza, the Berlin-based American artist, saved the house and Berlin has embraced the little house from Detroit, which Ms. Parks moved to in 1957, as a new building of the city. A very important building for the city of Berlin.
But the delicate structure was exposed to the elements in Berlin, so Mendoza and McCauley were determined to bring it home, and display it indoors where it would be protected from vandals and the weather. Mendoza still hopes he can find a place for the house in America.
Ryan Mendoza Artist – http://www.ryan-mendoza.com/
Saved From Demolition, Rosa Parks’s House Gets a Second Life – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/world/europe/rosa-parks-house-berlin.html
Why Rosa Parks’ house now stands in Berlin – http://www.dw.com/en/why-rosa-parks-house-now-stands-in-berlin/a-38343924