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.
After having the Rosa Parks House dismantled in Detroit, Mendoza carefully reassembled the modest clapboard house in a back courtyard in Berlin's Wedding district. Now, with sound performances, including Rosa Parks' own voice from a radio interview, the house has come alive again and is now a memorial to peaceful civil protest, something the people of Berlin know well.
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