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Rosa Parks’ home to go up for sale at New York auction

AUCTION: Rosa Parks' family residence will be offered for auction later this year

THE FAMILY home of civil rights activist Rosa Parks is set to be auctioned off in New York.

The 40ft structure, which was bought by Parks’ niece Rhea McCauley for $500 and donated to artist Ryan Mendoza in order to preserve her aunt’s legacy, has been reassembled and shipped from the US to Berlin and back again.

The house, which was owned by Parks’ brother and had been earmarked for demolition before McCauley stepped in, was shipped to Mendoza’s home in Berlin, where he reassembled it and displayed it as a public art attraction.

Mendoza said: “It’s a wonderful way to present the house again to the American people. Let them decide what this house is worth,” Mendoza said. “I hope it ends up in the hands of somebody who loves Rosa Parks. I hope it will be on public display.”

In addition to the sale of the house, Mendoza will also be auctioning two pages of notes handwritten by Parks. In the writings, Parks describes her first encounter with Martin Luther King, saying: “I knew I would never forget him.”

A portion of the proceeds generated from the sale will go to the foundation that McCauley set up to preserve her aunt’s legacy, according to the Associated Press.

Guernsey’s auctioneers, who were responsible for the auctioning of Parks’ personal archival materials after her death and who will be facilitating the sale, said that the house will be on offer along with a number of other items relating to African-American history and culture.

It is estimated that the house will fetch up to seven figures when it is offered at auction.

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