Rosa Parks House Reassembled in Berlin

Copyright: Fabia Mendoza

An artifact of the American Civil Rights Movement has made a long trek across the Atlantic and found a new home in Berlin. The house that civil rights icon Rosa Parks lived in for two years in Detroit in the 1950—after fleeing death threats and employment discrimination in her native Alabama—has been rebuilt in Berlin’s Wedding district.

Parks’ niece, Rhea McCauley, tried to preserve the house in Detroit, but she eventually turned to Berlin-based American artist Ryan Mendoza. Mendoza had previously moved the facade of an abandoned Detroit house to Europe for a different art installation.

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