According to the Associated Press, the Detroit home where Rosa Parks settled after fleeing the South amid death threats in 1957 is going up for auction. The bidding for the house is starting at $1 million.
Parks left Montgomery, Alabama, two years after she refused to give up her seat to a White bus rider. She broke state and city segregation laws that required public buses be segregated and for Black passengers to give their seats to White commuters. The then-43-year-old seamstress was jailed, which led to the Montgomery County Bus Boycott. The act of bravery led Parks to become a target of racialized harassment, which caused her to move up North.
The home Rosa Parks fled to in 1957 will soon be sold for millions pic.twitter.com/UALQeq6Owc
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The small wooden home was supposed to be demolished in 2016 but was saved by Parks’ niece, Rhea McCauley, and artist Ryan Mendoza.
New York auctioneer Guernsey‘s believes Parks’ house could get a bid as high as $3 million. And it is not the only Black historical or cultural item up for sale. People will also have the chance to bid on the Jackson 5’s original recording contract and chapters from the original manuscript of Malcolm X’s autobiography.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.