Utter disrespect towards the Black woman who in 1955 dared to refuse to give up her seat to a white man in Alabama.
You’d be surprised to know that to visit the home where civil rights legend Rosa Parks lived, you’ll have to travel to Germany, because now it is displayed in the backyard of an American artist Ryan Mendoza moved a house from the city of Detroit to Europe for an art project.
How and why did the house get there? The answer is simple – Detroit planned to demolish it. When Parks’ niece Rhea McCauley found out she had no means to save the historical building she and Mendoza applied to the city mayor, though he showed no interest in protecting the construction.
Using volunteers’ help Mendoza disassembled the home, put it into shipping containers, transported it to Germany, and put it back together at her own expense. Hundreds of people attended the official unveiling of the home in Berlin last week.
“The Rosa Parks house should actually be a national monument and not a demolition project,” Mendoza said in an interview. “The basic question, the fundamental question I ask myself: ‘Is the house worthless or is the house priceless?’ For the American institutions so far the house has been deemed worthless.”
McCauley lives in hope that one day her America the U.S. will “grow up” and ask for its treasure back.