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An Artist Rebuilt and Preserved Rosa Parks’s Home. Now That It Failed to Sell at Auction, Its Fate Hangs in the Balance

August 15, 2018


Art World


The humble monument to the Civil Rights movement could be saved by a university, a foundation, or a pair of Detroit businessmen.


The story of Rosa Parks, an unquestioned American hero, is permanently etched into the annals of American history. But the future of the house where the civil rights activist sought refuge after fleeing Montgomery, Alabama, amid death threats currently hangs in limbo. After a journey from Detroit to Berlin and back to the US, Parks’s former home failed to sell at auction last month. Three weeks later, a bidding war for the house is being played out, artnet News has learned. But a buyer has yet to seal the deal.


It has been a grueling month for Ryan Mendoza, the Berlin-based American artist who helped save the little wooden structure by reconstructing it in the German capital last year