BERLIN (AP) – The house of American civil rights icon Rosa Parks has been standing in the German capital for less than a year, but now the artist who saved it from destruction in Detroit says it’s time for it to return to the U.S.
BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 06: Rhea McCauley (R), niece of Afro-American human rights figure Rosa Parks, speaks to a journalist while standing next to the former house of Rosa Parks on property of U.S. artist Ryan Mendoza on April 6, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Mendoza bought the house, which was slated for demolition in Detroit, took it apart, shipped it to Germany, and put it back together again on the property next to his studio. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
American artist Ryan Mendoza says with the growing call to remove Confederate monuments in the U.S., the country needs more shrines to the civil rights movement. He says “it’s actually become a necessity, as we see people rising up and seeing things for what they are.”
Artist Ryan Mendoza poses in front of Rosa Parks’ house during an AFP interview in Berlin on March 29, 2017.
Rosa Parks fled the American South for Detroit in the 1950s at the height of her civil rights struggle. Now the house where she sought asylum has itself found refuge in a city an ocean away: Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Deborah COLE (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
There’s no timeline yet on when the small home may be brought back. Parks’ niece, Rhea McCauley, who worked with Mendoza to save the home from demolition, says she would now also like to see it return to the U.S.
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