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Detroit House Where Rosa Parks Sought Refuge Is up for Auction

Rhea McCauley, the nieve of Rosa Parks, poses in front of Parks' rebuilt house in Berlin.

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 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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