After refusing to give up her seat to a white person in December 1955, Rosa Parks went straight to the history books as a central figure in the civil rights movement. While her name will continue to live on, her historic home in Detroit has been left to degrade. Efforts to preserve the home of Parks have led to dead ends, but a Berlin-based artist wanted to make sure action was taken, and now he is bringing it piece by piece to Germany where it will get the new life it deserves.
“the house that is held hostage across the world”
One of Parks’ relatives donated the home to Ryan Mendoza, the America artist based in Berlin, and over the next three months the home will be reconstructed. In an attempt to raise awareness of the home’s neglect, Mendoza plans on touring it across Europe.
In an interview with the Guardian, Mendoza explained his reasoning, saying “I hope either President Obama or his successor will be sensitive to this issue and catch word of the house that is held hostage across the world: a monument to Rosa Parks’ legacy that was purposely kidnapped in order for America to recognise what it has lost”