At one point, Rosa Parks’s home in Detroit, Michigan was planned to be demolished. Now, it stands, restored, in Berlin, Germany, thanks to American artist Ryan Mendoza.
To stop the demolition, Detroit Free Press reported that Parks’s niece Rhea McCauley purchased the Detroit single-family home from the city for $500 and donated it to Mendoza. In the summer of 2016, Mendoza and a group of volunteers took the house apart and shipped it to Germany only to later spend the next six months rebuilding the structure.
In an interview with the AP, Mendoza said, "This house is happily here, I believe. Because it finds itself in a city that honors tolerance. This house was rebuilt in a city that was reborn out of a wall being taken down."
The exterior of the house will be open to the public this Saturday with a film screening made by Mendoza’s wife, Fabia. There are no reports yet as to what the future of the home will hold.
Mendoza’s hopes are to sell it to an art institution with all profits going to the Rosa Parks Family Foundation, reported Detroit Free Press.
• Artist moves civil rights icon Rosa Parks' Detroit home to Germany [Detroit Free Press]